ERIC Number: ED355367
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Skills Today for Tomorrow. A Workplace Literacy Consortium for the Printing Industry, March 1991-November 1992. Final Report.
Catonsville Community Coll., MD.
A cooperative project received a federal education grant to provide workplace literacy education in communications, mathematics, and problem-solving skills for the printing/graphic arts industry. Partners in the 18-month program were Catonsville Community College in Baltimore (Maryland), the printing industries of Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania, and several area printing/graphic arts companies. Program components included the following: recruitment of company participants through the trade association, recruitment of employee participants, assessment of need among volunteers, assignment of employees to courses and levels according to the assessment, and courses conducted in-house by community college instructors or company training officers at the levels specified. Curriculum materials were developed through a needs assessment and were specific to the printing industry. Employee assessment was conducted carefully to avoid the mention of "testing" and to ensure confidentiality. Twelve-week sessions of classes were held according to identified needs. Employees were enthusiastic about the classes and a high level of participation was achieved. Employers also were enthusiastic about the classes and their effects on the employees, except when participation took employees off the floor at peak periods. (Appendixes to the report include the following: samples of management meeting handouts, sample marketing material, a Cloze document used for assessment, Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System student profile/competency sheets, individual learning plan, learner competency profile sheets, literacy task analysis documents, participant recognition certificate, intake and follow-up participant questionnaires, a course evaluation form, a supervisor survey, publicity and press clippings, and an outside evaluator's final evaluation report, which questioned the effectiveness of the assessment instrument used and reported that supervisors saw no change in employee performance.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: Catonsville Community Coll., MD.