ERIC Number: ED381211
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr-10
A Workplace Skill Building Project.
De Zeeuw, Robert; Klemme, Jerry
Early in 1991, a partnership project was initiated between the Business/Industry Training Institute of Northwest Iowa Community College and Coilcraft, Inc. The Iowa Coilcraft plant had undergone rapid changes in recent years from a labor-intensive, custom-built, manual, task-oriented process to a highly automated, training-intensive, machine-oriented process. Instead of training on the floor, employees must now receive several days of classroom-style training before they are even allowed into production. In June 1992, approximately 27% of the Coilcraft workforce tested below 8th grade in reading and 30% tested below 8th grade in math. As a result, a $303,000 National Workplace Literacy grant was sought and obtained. The program sought to establish a literacy program for 160 to 300 workers; prepare a minimum of 160 workers to use new technology and operating methods; and encourage 160 workers to continue participating in training needed to be competitive in the labor market. Following a 12-week start-up phase, three successive training blocks of 15 weeks each were offered, providing reading, math, and writing classes during normal work hours for each shift of work. Since the blocks were successive, a worker could finish all subjects as needed. Outcomes of the project include: (1) 419 workers were assessed and given individual development plans; (2) 142 completed literacy training; (3) 119 completed basic team skills training; (4) 18 completed leadership/facilitator skills training; and (5) 14 workers completed 64 general education diploma tests. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of NETWORK (Nashville, TN, April 8-12, 1995).