ERIC Number: ED379435
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
New Horizons. A National Workplace Literacy Program. Final Report. "New Horizons" External Evaluation Impact Study.
Hudson, Patt; Gretes, John A.
The New Horizons project was a workplace literacy partnership during which 454 employees (53%) of Georgetown Steel attended classes provided by Horry-Georgetown Technical College in Conway, South Carolina. Of the 454 participants, 294 were white, 159 were black, 71 were female, 383 were male, 133 had been with the company for 5 years or less, and 227 for 16 or more years. The participants, who had a mean age of 40.6 years, received a total of 14,232 hours of instruction in math, reading, writing, problem solving, and time management classes averaging 6-8 students per class. A comprehensive needs assessment was conducted to identify employees requiring basic skills instruction. Individualized Education Plans were developed for each participant. A comprehensive evaluation of trainee outcomes that included pre- and posttesting and interviews with participants and supervisors established that participants averaged 22%, 39%, and 14% gains in reading, math, and writing skills, respectively. Also included is a third-party evaluation report confirming the significant skill gains achieved by course participants. Appended to the third-party evaluation are the participant and supervisor survey forms, an analysis matrix of project objectives, and 22 charts detailing participant survey and pre- and posttest data. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Behavioral Objectives, Individualized Instruction, Industrial Personnel, Literacy Education, Mathematics Skills, Metal Industry, Numeracy, Outcomes of Education, Pretests Posttests, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Questionnaires, Reading Skills, Records (Forms), School Business Relationship, Technical Institutes, Two Year Colleges, Workplace Literacy, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: Horry-Georgetown Technical Coll., Conway, SC.