ERIC Number: ED266273
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Work Study Students in Extension and Expansion of Literacy Services in Delaware County.
Gaul, Patricia Reitz
Delaware County (Pennsylvania) Community College received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to use college work-study students to teach literacy. The college cooperated with the Delaware County Literacy Council in order to train tutors and clerical personnel and place them in tutoring or program support functions. A total of 30 students were trained. On the whole, the program was successful in increasing the number of tutors available to teach literacy, while providing income to students. Problems included funding cuts causing the position of part-time coordinator at the college to be eliminated, and the loss of some students' work-study grants after they had started in the program. As a results, more work was assumed by the Literacy Council, and the effort became more like their regular volunteer efforts. In part, this simplified the program, leaving only one "boss" for the students; however, many of the tutors were lost due to their need to earn an income. Other problems were encountered with scheduling and conflicts about vacations, full-time jobs, and lack of transportation. On the whole, however, the participating institutions felt that the program was worthwhile, that problems must be anticipated and compensated for in order to reap positive benefits. Job descriptions, press releases, and other public relations materials are appended. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.
Authoring Institution: Delaware County Literacy Council, Chester, PA.