ERIC Number: ED313917
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Massachusetts Workplace Education Initiative Program Summary.
Stein, Sondra G.
The Massachusetts Workplace Education Initiative was established in 1986 to create 6 model workplace literacy education programs and later expanded, with state and federal funding, to more than 20 programs at over 40 worksites. The initiative was developed in response to the growing recognition of functional illiteracy in an increasingly complex workplace. The five goals of the initiative are to: (1) provide workers with the opportunity to develop basic reading, writing, and computational skills and earn credentials for upgrading their workforce positions; (2) to increase employer awareness of functional illiteracy and its costs; (3) to develop unions' understanding of the extent and implications of functional illiteracy among members and other workers; (4) to develop partnership models linking acquisition of basic skills with increased worker opportunities; and (5) to promote ties between education, training, and employment communities at state and local levels. The Initiative has tried to fund programs representing the full spectrum of needs within the state, in mature industries and the growing service sector, for union and non-union workers. Most early programs were English-as-a-Second-Language and literacy programs for non-native English-speakers, with programs for native speakers added in the second year. The 22 programs funded for fiscal year 1989 are described briefly. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commonwealth Literacy Campaign, Boston, MA.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts