ERIC Number: ED425285
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May-15
Reference Count: N/A
Workplace Literacy Partnership Program. December 1994-November 1997. Final Report.
The Worker Education Program (WEP) provided workplace programs for 1,000 members of the Union of Needletrades, Industrial, and Textile Employees (UNITE) in Chicago, Cleveland, and Cincinnati. It was sponsored by a partnership among the Chicago Teachers' Center of Northeastern Illinois University, the Central States Joint Board of UNITE, and employers. Project outcomes included the following: provided basic workplace skills courses to UNITE members, created customized curricula based on task analysis, created an exemplary governance structure involving all stakeholders, significantly increased participants' workplace basic education skills in various ways, enhanced many workers' level of self-esteem, and created an exemplary collaborative model of workplace education that was widely disseminated. Workers increased their preparedness for continued and future employment and vastly improved their proficiency in English communication, reading, writing, math, and other work-related basic skills areas. Because of their participation, many union members were better able to face the challenges of working in a work environment undergoing changes ranging from the introduction of new technology to shifting global competition. WEP enhanced workers' skills and self-esteem in countless quantitative and qualitative ways and was a collaborative model for adult education programs because the model incorporated all the stakeholders in the decision-making process. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: Northeastern Illinois Univ., Chicago. Chicago Teachers' Center.