ERIC Number: ED284625
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Project BEST Final Report.
Pankratz, David; Friedenberg, Joan
Project BEST (Building Energy Systems Technology), a bilingual vocational training program, operated at Oakton Community College between March 1986 and September 1987. The purpose of the project was to provide 60 limited English proficient (LEP) Hispanic and Polish adults with sufficient vocational skills, English language skills, and appropriate support services to enter the heating and air conditioning service field. Adults who qualified for the 15-week, tuition-free program received hands-on instruction in the vocational area, bilingual tutoring, instruction in Vocational English as a Second Language (VESL), instruction in job-seeking and job-retaining skills, job placement assistance, and both personal and career counseling. In the course of 18 months, Project BEST delivered three 15-week training cycles. Of 250 potential students recruited, 61 were selected for training, 55 actually started training, and 42 trainees completed the program, and as of July 6, 1987, 64% of completers had been placed in heating and air conditioning or closely related jobs. This report on Project BEST includes a final performance report, which describes the project and its purpose, the training offered, immediate program outcomes, critical factors affecting outcomes, and long-term program outcomes; and an external evaluator's report on the project, which offers context, input, process, and product evaluations and recommendations for improvement. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Oakton Community Coll., Des Plaines, IL.