ERIC Number: ED426204
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-May
Project Future Workplace Literacy Project. Final Performance Report.
Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, KY.
Project Future was a 3-year project begun in 1994 as a partnership between the Jefferson County Public Schools and Futura Plastics and Engineering, Inc., Louisville, Kentucky. The project targeted the workplace basic skills of plastic injection molding production workers. The skills classes improved the general education of the workers with instruction in mathematics, reading, writing, English (second language), workplace skills, and basic computer skills, tied to materials used in the workplace. Examples from home and family were also used in the classroom instruction. As a result of this project, a software program for basic skills training in the plastics industry and a basic skills curriculum guide were developed, and 348 plastics industry employees were trained. Project evaluation and the ability to serve the targeted number of participants were hampered by the transiency of the work force, employee layoffs, shift work, and the use of different instruments for pretests and posttests. Some evidence showed, however, that students who attended the classes improved their skills and were able to transfer their skills to the workplace. Having the classes in place allowed the company to recruit non-English-speaking employees that they would not have been able to employ otherwise. The greatest impact of Project Future seemed to be on long-term employees who took multiple classes, improved their skills in several areas, and were promoted to better jobs, benefiting both the employees and the company. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Cooperative Programs, Education Work Relationship, Institutional Cooperation, Job Skills, Literacy Education, Manufacturing Industry, Outcomes of Education, Plastics, Program Evaluation, School Business Relationship, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, KY.
Note: Project conducted in partnership with Futura Plastics and Engineering, Inc.