ERIC Number: ED204638
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Adult Basic Education Linkage Project. Final Report.
Graham, Janet Roth
The Adult Basic Education Linkage Project (originally titled Project Reach) was designed to expand and promote linkage of adult basic education (ABE), English as a second language (ESL), and general equivalency degree (GED) programs in Western Pennsylvania with community groups and businesses and to conduct an extensive, ongoing outreach campaign to attract local ABE, GED, and ESL classes. Project activities consisted of a linkage campaign involving (1) intensive information-gathering and contact with over 200 community and business organizations in the Pittsburgh area; (2) outreach efforts including written and mass media publicity campaigns; (3) utilization of business and industry contact persons in project publicity activities; (4) development of a telephone-based information and referral service; (5) a needs assessment survey of local organizations in both the public and private sectors; (6) development of an ABE linkage directory; and (7) workshops to train local ABE staff and representatives from cooperating groups on the use of the ABE directory and in making interagency referrals of ABE-elegible adults. Questionnaires administered to project participants and business and industry contact persons attest to the project's success in meeting most of its goals. Specific comments on the project and suggestions for program improvement are appended. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Community Cooperation, Community Coordination, Community Involvement, Community Programs, County Programs, Educational Needs, Information Networks, Linking Agents, Needs Assessment, Outreach Programs, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Questionnaires, Referral, School Business Relationship, Staff Development, Surveys, Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.
Authoring Institution: Allegheny Intermediate Unit, Pittsburgh, PA.
Identifiers: Pennsylvania (Allegheny County)