ERIC Number: ED362775
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Aug-31
Reference Count: N/A
B-WEST Regional Workforce Training Center. Building Workers Entering Skilled Trades. Final Report.
Portland Community Coll., OR.
The B-WEST (Building Workers Entering Skilled Trades) project was an 18-month demonstration project at a campus of Portland Community College (Oregon). During the B-WEST project, the following programs/components were developed: (1) a model building construction (electrical, mechanical, construction) trades program for unemployed and underemployed men and women, including persons requiring bilingual assistance in Spanish and English; (2) a program emphasizing the masonry trades and directly involving certified masonry trainers, joint apprenticeship and training councils, area training agents, and the Oregon Bureau of labor and industry; (3) a program to train employers to manage a diverse work force; and (4) a regional demonstration center for Oregon and Washington community colleges, high schools, and other training organizations offering technical education. All of the project objectives were met successfully, and some were significantly exceeded. Interviews of B-WEST instructors and a survey completed by 27 B-WEST students indicated that the program helped students master the skills needed for employment in the construction industry. Students did, however, request more tools and materials for the electrical program and more hands-on instruction. (Appended are a third-party evaluation report, a program outcomes analysis, and sample materials from the B-WEST student tracking database.) (MN)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education Programs, Building Trades, Community Colleges, Demonstration Programs, Information Dissemination, Job Development, Job Training, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Regional Schools, Secondary Education, Skilled Occupations, Two Year Colleges, Underemployment, Unemployment, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Portland Community Coll., OR.