ERIC Number: ED321074
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Career Enhancement Program for the Poultry Processing Industry of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Final Report.
Merlin, Shirley B.
A literacy partnership demonstration project was conducted by Rocco, Inc., WLR Foods, Inc., the Virginia Poultry Federation, James Madison University, and Massanutten Technical Center. The project focused on enhancing workers' careers by providing literacy training to assist them in remaining employed or advancing in their careers. Led by an advisory board, the project developed and delivered at eight work sites a mobile literacy education program individualized to the workers' needs. Use of a mobile learning center enabled the project to overcome some of the problems associated with literacy programs. The unit traveled to seven sites in the morning and afternoon/evening shifts, Monday through Thursday, for two classes, 2-3 hours in length. On Friday, the van provided two 3-hour classes at the eighth site. Industry and workers contributed equal amounts of time. Participants were tested and provided with an individualized program using the computers and instructional equipment available in the van. A total of 164 workers participated in the open-entry/open-exit project. Workers and employers were pleased with the program. Final test results indicated that 103 of the 138 participants who completed 2 months of the program progressed. Of the 25 participants who took the General Educational Development (GED) test, 20 (80 percent) passed. The success of the program was demonstrated by the poultry industry's continuation of funding. (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Cooperative Programs, Employer Employee Relationship, Food Processing Occupations, High School Equivalency Programs, Individualized Instruction, Inplant Programs, Institutional Cooperation, Literacy Education, Mobile Classrooms, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. Div. of Adult Education and Literacy.
Authoring Institution: James Madison Univ., Harrisonburg, VA.
Note: National Workplace Literacy Program (84.198).