ERIC Number: ED367413
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb-1
Reference Count: N/A
Carroll Technical Institute and Southwire Company's Educational Renewal Program.
Agan, Jimmy L.
As part of an effort to meet the specific educational needs of local business and industry, a cooperative educational renewal program was developed between Carroll Technical Institute (CTI) in Carrollton, Georgia, and the Southwire Company, a local producer of aluminum and copper materials. A thorough training needs assessment was conducted and, due to the classified nature of Southwire's manufacturing processes, CTI's involvement was limited to areas from basic literacy skills through front-line supervision. Critical job tasks were identified and analyzed to determine how competent workers use literacy skill applications in their jobs and a group of diagnostic tests were administered. The results indicated a serious deficiency in basic academic skills. As a solution the research program included three district components: workplace literacy, secretarial training, and an Applied Manufacturing Technology (AMT) diploma program in supervision. The workplace literacy component, taught on the CTI campus, was designed to raise the literacy level of Southwire employees to improve their job performance and has served 254 employees since 1987. The secretarial certification program was designed to increase the skill levels of Southwire secretaries who could not demonstrate an acceptable level of competence on the exemption test. It has resulted in reports of improved productivity, reduced absenteeism, and higher morale within secretarial staff. The AMT program consists of a core of general academic courses, selected fundamental technical courses, and academic credit for related work experience. (MAB)
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Cooperative Programs, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Labor Force Development, Labor Needs, Manufacturing Industry, Office Occupations Education, Partnerships in Education, Professional Development, Program Development, School Business Relationship, Technical Institutes, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Carroll Technical Institute GA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Workforce 2000 Roundtable Conference (2nd, New Orleans, LA, January 30-February 2, 1994).