ERIC Number: ED419143
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-May-19
Project GOLD: Growth Opportunities through Learning & Doing, Performance Reporting Period, November 1, 1996-February 28, 1998. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Seminole Community Coll., Sanford, FL.
Project "Growth Opportunities through Learning and Doing" (GOLD), Seminole Community College's basic skills update program, enrolled 107 students at 2 manufacturing facilities from April 1995-February 1998. Employees from Siemens Telecom Network (formerly known as Siemens Stromberg-Carlson) studied offsite in a classroom equipped with 10 computers and educational software designed for beginning to advanced learners. Students worked one-on-one with the instructor who also stressed soft skills vital to the workplace. Instructors provided similar instruction but without the aid of computers for Parker Hannifin students in that company's training room. Project GOLD also provided customized courses that ran the gamut from problem solving to team building to stress management. Enrollment in customized courses totaled 477 employees. An evaluation assessed the project's achievement of its goal of obtaining a return on the employer's investment through the improvement of basic employee competencies required in the workplace and its underlying premise of identifying employees deficient in basic skills areas and, through instruction, improving their abilities, thus improving productivity. There is no doubt that the work being conducted by Project Gold is accomplishing its mission, within the constraints of available employee learners and corporate downsizing. The progress of the original Siemens Telecom employees, Project Gold, accomplished in 28 months what few full-time educational institutions could have, both in terms of score increments as well as overall communications and skill building. Project Gold has not been able to determine its impact as it relates to production figures at Parker-Hannifin. Reasons include: changing shift schedules and removing employees from the floor for customized training courses. (Appendixes to the evaluation report include the following: student demographics, anecdotal supervisor and student comments, summary of lesson plans, subject mastery lists, and instructor and student evaluations.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: Seminole Community Coll., Sanford, FL.
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