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ERIC Number: ED376896
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pages: 13
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A Collaborative Model for Providing Literacy Training Utilizing the "One Stop Shop" Concept.
Irwin, Michael; And Others
The Wood County Literacy Coalition (WCLC), in Wisconsin, is a unique partnership of state- and federally-funded employment and training agencies, local non-profit agencies, and area vocational and technical colleges. There is a great need for such cooperative efforts in the provision of adult literacy services. To succeed, all involved literacy providers must recognize that no one agency or educational design will successfully address all of a community's adult literacy needs; all providers must be convinced that the benefits of cooperation are greater than the costs; each organization must understand that the vested interests of other participants are as valid as its own; and there must be agreement on how funding sources will be pursued and used. In Wood County, literacy education, as well as other education, employment, and training efforts, are all delivered by local Job Centers. The Job Centers are described as "one-stop shopping centers," providing coordinated, seamless employment and training services for job seekers and employers. Job Centers are the primary mechanism for the operation of Job Training Partnership Act and Job Opportunities and Basic Skills employment and training programs. Before the Job Centers were developed, a series of local meetings were held to solicit input on desired features. The major features included: (1) shared equipment, staff, and facilities; (2) coordinated planning and systems implementation; (3) uniform assessment, employability, referral, case management, and file systems to be shared by all agencies; and (4) provision of adult basic education classes, computer-based learning, and one-on-one literacy tutoring in the Job Centers. The Job Center model works because, among other reasons, the Central Wisconsin Private Industry Council does not operate the programs; collaborative efforts concentrate on educational needs not presently addressed or areas where resources are insufficient; the ability for a student to use all instructional delivery options; and the avoidance of duplication of effort. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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