ERIC Number: ED065766
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Step-Up--A Final Report.
A proposal for Project Step-Up, an endeavor to facilitate upward economic mobility, was submitted, based on the results of a feasibility study. These results indicated that 10 employers of the San Diego Area were prepared to participate in a program to provide adult basic education skills to educationally disadvantaged employees. Participating companies provided classroom facilities on-site at the place of the student's employment. The hypothesis tested was that if the deficiencies in reading and mathematical skills were eliminated, the participants in the program would be able to acquire the necessary vocational skills for a better job through normal public school channels. It was found that employers were willing to grant entry level employees released time to attend classes. Teachers for the project underwent four pre-service training cycles in addition to continuous in-service training on a weekly basis. Teachers used a systems approach. First a diagnostic procedure was utilized to determine student needs and then a course of action was prescribed. Eventually, a Community Learning Center was established in Southeast San Diego. Project Step-Up is the first program funded by OEO that has been completely assimilated in the ongoing program of the contracting agency. Both student and community reaction to the project was positive. Both unemployed and underemployed adults have experienced educational and economic success as a result of the project. It is recommended that adult schools consider duplicating the efforts of any of the parts of Project Step-Up. (CK)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Economic Development, Educational Facilities, Educationally Disadvantaged, Feasibility Studies, Hypothesis Testing, Inservice Education, Mathematics Instruction, Preservice Teacher Education, Reading Instruction, Released Time, School Business Relationship, Skill Development, Student Reaction, Systems Approach, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: San Diego Community Coll., CA.
Identifiers: California; California (San Diego); Project Step Up