ERIC Number: ED353386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Sep-30
Project LEAP: The Labor Education Achievement Program. A Program To Improve the Literacy Level and Productivity of the Workforce. Final Project Report. April 1, 1991-September 30, 1992.
Metropolitan Baltimore Council of AFL-CIO Unions, MD.; Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore.
Maryland's Labor Education Achievement Program (LEAP) worked with a wide diversity of union workers in multiple industries and within numerous private companies and public agencies over a dispersed geographic area. Staff development included a workshop for local coordinators and a teacher inservice training session. LEAP provided workplace-specific, competency-based literacy instruction to 664 union workers in 3 cycles of classes between April 1991 and September 1992. Thirty-seven classes were offered at worksites, union halls, and other locations. Employers contributed classroom space, employee bonuses, paid release time, workplace materials, and newsletter coverage. Challenges were worker motivation, employer transition, and time requirements and time-sensitive aspects of literacy analysis and work-based curriculum development. Support services included child care and transportation stipends and informal counseling and referral. Computer-assisted instruction motivated adults who wished to improve computer skills to enroll. LEAP developed a curriculum resource guide for the food processing industry, developed a Peer Mentor Training Program, and trained union members to identify, recruit, and mentor literacy students. It improved workers' basic and work skills and motivated learners to pursue additional education or training. (Publicity materials and project forms are appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Ancillary School Services, Competency Based Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Corporate Support, Curriculum Development, Employer Attitudes, Inservice Teacher Education, Job Skills, Labor Education, Labor Force Development, Literacy Education, Program Development, State Programs, Unions, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: Metropolitan Baltimore Council of AFL-CIO Unions, MD.; Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore.
Note: For related documents, see CE 062 477-478 and CE 062 789.