ERIC Number: ED369429
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Meridian Partnership: A Model Workplace Literacy Project and Development Unit. Internal Evaluation Report, Final Report.
Willis, Jean H.
The Meridian Partnership is a cooperative program established in 1992 by Meridian Community College (MCC), in Mississippi, and Peavey Electronics Corporation to provide expanded workplace literacy instruction to Peavey employees and to perform job analyses to develop customized mathematics and reading courseware. Hardware, software, classroom space, and instructors were provided by MCC, with Peavey providing meeting rooms for employee assessment and space for the project curriculum developer. Jobs identified as needing training were analyzed for specific tasks and customized, computer-assisted lessons were developed for the Metal and Transducer divisions. The lessons addressed basic literacy and mathematics skills and incorporated contextual learning, the use of actual company materials, and individualized instruction following employee assessment. The program was presented to 275 employees, with 110 signing up for assessment and 97 choosing to enroll. Specific program outcomes included the following: (1) of the 97 participating employees, 41 completed every component of their individualized educational plans; (2) 21 employees from the Metal division received a promotion or salary increase subsequent to participation; (3) all of the completers indicated that they were satisfied with the program; and (4) while 22 jobs have been analyzed to date, considerable software development is still needed to develop a task-oriented, basic skills program for use at other institutions. Tables of participant outcomes and comments are included. A sample job task analysis, lesson plan, and assessment instruments are appended. (BCY)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Community Colleges, Computer Assisted Instruction, Cooperative Programs, Courseware, Curriculum Development, Job Analysis, Labor Force Development, Mathematics Skills, Outcomes of Education, Program Descriptions, School Business Relationship, Two Year Colleges, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Meridian Community Coll., MS.; Peavey Electronics Corp., Meridian, MS.