ERIC Number: ED316642
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Tapping Workforce Potential: A Workplace Literacy Model for Innovative Partnerships between Industry and Community Colleges.
Vanis, Mary I.
A partnership between Glendale Community College, Rio Salado Community College, and Digital Equipment Corporation provides literacy instruction to employees at Digital's Phoenix plant; from their experience are derived recommendations for those considering similar arrangements. The partnership's definition of literacy included critical thinking, problem-solving, oral communication, and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to read, write, and compute. The following recommendations were made: (1) reach consensus on the definition of literacy, based on the context in which it is to be used; (2) ensure linkage with a broad base of employees; (3) facilitate an education process with the partnership on literacy; (4) identify industry managers who are well educated about their own work force training needs and skill levels; (5) confirm that the manufacturing division and the training staff within the company are linked to ensure that they have the same perception of needed training; (6) identify one focal person from each partner, and then use others as resource people; and (7) set realistic goals in the management of change for all partners. The partnership conducted a needs assessment, developed a basic literacy skills and English-as-a-Second-Language curriculum, and delivered the instruction. Two important elements in all of the courses included the use of job-related materials and curriculum modules for short-term and flexible scheduling of classes. (CML)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Communication Skills, Critical Thinking, English (Second Language), Functional Literacy, Institutional Cooperation, Interpersonal Competence, Literacy Education, Problem Solving, Program Development, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Speech Skills, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rio Salado Community Coll., AZ.; Digital Equipment Corp., Tempe, AZ.; Glendale Community Coll., AZ.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona (Phoenix)