ERIC Number: ED426249
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Casco Bay Partnership for Workplace Education. Final Performance Report.
University of Southern Maine, Gorham.
The Casco Bay Partnership includes the University of Southern Maine (USM) and seven businesses in greater Portland, Maine, that range from large multinational corporations to small, family-owned businesses. During a 3-year project funded by a National Workplace Literacy Program grant, the partnership designed and delivered workplace basic skills instruction to 2,399 frontline workers and their immediate supervisors at the 7 businesses. All instructional programs were developed with input and direction from representative employee teams. Worker participation in the courses was voluntary, and participants received company-paid financial incentives for successful course completions. The course offerings, which varied from site to site, were customized to workers' needs and used an adult learning model as the basis for instruction. Skill areas covered in the courses included literacy and reading/writing, English for speakers of other languages, interpersonal communication, mathematics, and computers as learning tools. The onsite programs were credited with boosting employees' skills, self-esteem, confidence, job/career advancement, and rates of enrollment in continuing education and/or technical training. Thanks to their association with USM, participating businesses developed a more productive work force and a better understanding of how adult learning models can be integrated into company operations. (Twenty-eight project products/documents are listed.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Learning, Communication Skills, Computer Literacy, Computer Uses in Education, Curriculum Development, Demonstration Programs, English (Second Language), Literacy Education, Mathematics Skills, On the Job Training, Outcomes of Education, Partnerships in Education, Program Effectiveness, Regional Programs, School Business Relationship, Supervisory Training, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: University of Southern Maine, Gorham.
Identifiers - Location: Maine