ERIC Number: ED426199
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Oct-31
Reference Count: N/A
Geriatric Authority of Holyoke Workplace Literacy Project. Final Evaluation Report.
Ruscio, Thomas J.
For nearly 3 years, the Massachusetts Career Development Institute provided a workplace literacy program for 201 persons employed by the Geriatric Authority of Holyoke, Massachusetts, a major nonprofit nursing home and rehabilitation facility. The literacy program included adult basic education, English as a second language, and high school equivalency educational units. The program also provided ongoing educational and career adjustment counseling, motivational sessions, and pre- and posttesting to establish initial functional levels and determine improvements in workplace literacy and productivity. Employees who participated in the program increased their English language reading abilities by more than two grade levels. The program also obtained a 100 percent pass rate in employee participants who qualified and took the Nurses Aide examination, and a 75 percent pass rate in employee participants who took the high school equivalency exam. In addition, participants improved self-esteem and attendance and were less likely to leave the organization. (Contains 20 tables.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Cooperative Programs, Curriculum Development, Education Work Relationship, Job Skills, Nurses Aides, Nursing Homes, On the Job Training, Outcomes of Education, Program Evaluation, School Business Relationship, Skill Development, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Career Development Inst., Springfield.