ERIC Number: ED370002
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-31
Cultivating Abilities through Continuous Achievement (CA)2. A National Workplace Literacy Grant Project. June 1, 1992-March 31, 1994.
A collaborative project involved Collins and Aikman, Inc., Pitt Community College, and the U.S. Department of Education in an effort to improve the literacy level of the company's work force in order to increase productivity. A pretest of about 400 of the company's 513 workers in 1 division uncovered educational needs in reading and mathematics literacy. A group of 14 production workers helped to analyze the jobs at the plant and to design the workplace literacy program. Equipment and materials were ordered, students were recruited, and class schedules were set up during the first 3 months of the program. The program was offered in an open-entry/open-exit format serving 135 workers during the next 19 months, a total of 8,010 contact hours. Students could enroll up to 4 hours per day before or after their shifts; they could enroll for any number of hours, but were paid for 4 hours per week. Courses were offered in reading and various levels of mathematics. Of the original 135 participants, 32 completed the program, 22 withdrew (moved, terminated, or retired from employment), 54 students were continuing with the program after the end of the grant period, and the status of 27 participants was unknown. Four students passed the General Educational Development Test, and five others are working to pass that test. Scores in reading and mathematics improved for almost all students, as shown on pre- and posttests using the Test of Adult Basic Education. In addition, students indicated a high degree of satisfaction with the program. An outside evaluation rated the program as a great success; one factor contributing to that success was extensive staff development for the teachers. (Appendixes to the report contain course materials and outlines and student survey results.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: Pitt Community Coll., Greenville, NC.