ERIC Number: ED359849
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Reference Count: N/A
Outside Evaluation Report for the Arlington Federal Workplace Literacy Project.
Wrigley, Heide Spruck
The successes and challenges of the Arlington Education and Employment Program (REEP) Workplace Literacy Project in Virginia are described in this evaluation report. REEP's federal Workplace Literacy Project Consortium is operated as a special project within the Department of Adult, Career and Vocational Education of the Arlington Public Schools. The project offered job-related instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL), literacy, and basic skills to 696 students at various sites, including office buildings, nursing homes, convenience stores, hotels/motels, and hospitals. Participants also had access to a technology-based learning center. Employees attended 1 or 2 cycles of 60-hour English and literacy instruction. Innovative features of the REEP project include the following: joint recruiting efforts by industry and REEP; consortium approach; range of industries served; combination of on-site classes and learning center involvement; and cable television usage. Retention rates ranged from 100 percent in hospitals to 77 percent in nursing homes; pre- and post-test progress reports indicated that both supervisors and students considered the program a success. REEP strengths include strong partnerships, use of effective feedback, and design of a comprehensive curriculum framework. Ongoing challenges perceived by industry include on-going problems with foreign-born employees (e.g., failure to ask for clarification, inadequate understanding of forms/schedules and safety procedures, and lack of preparation for the workplace of the future) and the need for strong industry involvement. Learner and industry responses to the project are summarized. (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education) (LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Arlington County Public Schools, VA. REEP, Arlington Education and Employment Program.
Authoring Institution: Southport Inst. for Policy Analysis, Inc., CT.