ERIC Number: ED368435
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
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Displaced Worker Transition Programs: Leading the Workforce Back to Community Colleges.
Walters, Greg; And Others
In response to the increasing numbers of displaced workers due to corporate downsizing, Pellissippi State Technical Community College, in Tennessee, has initiated the Workplace Innovation (WIN) Project to help adults gain prerequisite academic and personal skills to re-enter the workforce or enter college for eventual placement in higher-paying positions. The 3-year project seeks to develop a curriculum process and identify curricular resources to implement a technologically enhanced, interdisciplinary, self-paced program for adult learners hesitant about going to college. In the first year of the project, the 15-member team gathered information and developed a cohesive educational philosophy and long-term vision. In addition, contacts were made with community agencies to locate displaced workers 21 years old or over with at least 3 years work experience to participate in the project. One of the most positive outcomes so far has been the development of an advanced multimedia learning center with personal computers at each desk and a teacher station that provides for the use of compact/laser disks, videos, and television. Innovative techniques utilized in the project include the establishment of weekly "town meetings" with students, the use of milestone projects to help students maintain goals, and the use of student portfolios. Problems have been encountered, however, including discrepancies between project methods and bureaucratic requirements, the need to adequately train faculty, and the excessive time required of faculty. (KP)
Descriptors: Adult Programs, Adult Vocational Education, Classroom Techniques, College Preparation, Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, Dislocated Workers, Educational Innovation, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Learning Resources Centers, Multimedia Instruction, Program Implementation, School Community Relationship, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Pellissippi State Technical Community College TN; Workplace Innovation Project TN
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community Colleges (74th, Washington, DC, April 6-9, 1994).