ERIC Number: ED367387
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Integrating Learner-Driven and Organization-Driven Agendas: A Workplace Study.
For the past 4 years, Alpena Community College (ACC) in Michigan has been involved in the Workplace Partnership Project (WPP), a federally funded program which brings basic skills classes into the worksite to help upgrade employees' math, reading, writing, problem-solving, and science knowledge. The college works with partner companies to help coordinate the needs of the workers with the needs of the company. The classes typically run for 16 hours and involve about 10 students. Instruction is usually very concentrated, with a pragmatic, process pedagogy. This report describes and assesses ACC's partnership with Acme Coating, a relatively small company with high turnover, widespread job dissatisfaction, and high stress among the employees. The report includes: (1) introductory remarks about the importance of self-determination and learner-centered curricula; (2) an overview of the WPP and its objectives; (3) background information on Acme Coating; (4) an overview of the steps taken to move the WPP from theory to practice; (5) the text of instructor journals kept throughout the project to record what was happening in classes and the progress that was made, instructors' final thoughts about the class, and class evaluations and suggestions for improvement; (6) an evaluation of the WPP; (7) a student evaluation questionnaire and results; (8) a copy of ACC's president's article about the project; (9) conclusions about the project; and (10) follow-up results at Acme Coating. (AC)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Community Colleges, Cooperative Programs, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Problems, Followup Studies, Inplant Programs, Labor Education, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Quality of Working Life, School Business Relationship, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alpena Community Coll., MI.