ERIC Number: ED341871
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Lehigh Valley Chamber Network Project 1990-91.
Bethlehem Area Chamber of Commerce, PA.
The Bethlehem Area Chamber of Commerce (Pennsylvania) developed a model network of nine Lehigh Valley Chambers of Commerce and two literacy coalitions to improve the literacy levels of a two-county area work force. A literacy coordinator conducted the following activities: (1) publicized program provider information; (2) encouraged company-based training; (3) conducted literacy assessments; and (4) arranged cooperative ventures between companies and providers. Half the project year focused on a corporate-sponsored free General Educational Development (GED) test. Agencies, companies, and providers pooled their resources to supply GED testing to deserving adults. Two replicable products were developed in the project: (1) a literacy sensitivity training session introduced human resource personnel, supervisors, and business managers to basic skills instruction; and (2) a GED Days manual described free GED testing and allowed for replication. Other project activities were as follows: 2 new worksite programs were established; 282 organizations participated in literacy activities; 2 literacy audits were conducted; 174 individuals received a free GED test; 200,000 GED brochures were distributed; and a GED project manual and a Literacy Sensitivity Training Seminar manual were distributed. The project emphasized regional planning, involving existing providers and other organizations. (Five appendices are included: organizational involvement; dissemination; literacy audit instruments; advertisement for the free GED testing project; and publicity.) (Author/NLA) (NLA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Div. of Adult Basic and Literacy Education Programs.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Bethlehem Area Chamber of Commerce, PA.
Identifiers: Chambers of Commerce; General Educational Development Tests; Pennsylvania (Lehigh Valley); 353 Project
Note: For related documents, see CE 060 423-424.