ERIC Number: ED364753
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Massachusetts Career Development Institute in Partnership with the Geriatric Authority of Holyoke, Massachusetts. Final Report.
Massachusetts Career Development Inst., Springfield.
The Massachusetts Career Development Institute (MCDI) refined and expanded the existing program of Workplace Education at the Geriatric Authority of Holyoke (GAH), Massachusetts. The 18-month program provided educational and support services on site to 60 employees at the GAH. Classes were held in English as a second language, adult basic education, and high school equivalency test preparation. MCDI staff also provided ongoing educational and personal counseling, motivational workshops, and pre- and posttesting. The program included the following interrelated components: planning; outreach and recruitment; orientation and pretesting with a program-developed assessment; participant selection; counseling; motivational workshops; individualized upgrading programs; posttesting; independent program evaluation; and the development and field testing of a workplace-specific, competency-based curriculum. Extension of the program for an additional 10 months allowed for more services to the students. An independent evaluation concluded that the program had been successful in the following areas: an average 2.4 grade level increase in participants' skills, a 100 percent success rate for participants who took the General Educational Development test, improved employee performance, improved employee self-esteem, and the elimination of personnel turnover during the project period. (Attached to the final report are the following: curriculum guide on transporting residents, student interview results, news release, and third-party evaluation.) (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, English (Second Language), High School Equivalency Programs, Literacy Education, Long Term Care, Medical Services, Nursing Homes, On the Job Training, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Residential Care, Second Language Instruction, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Career Development Inst., Springfield.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: For the 1992 Final Report, see ED 353 450.