ERIC Number: ED426268
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Partners in Progress. A Monograph on the Worker Education Program of Northeastern Illinois University.
The Worker Education Program (WEP) of Northeastern Illinois University (NIU) is a partnership among NIU; the Union of Needle Trades, Industrial, and Textile Employees (UNITE); and companies whose employees are represented by UNITE. Now in its fourth year, the WEP operates in 13 diverse types of workplaces in three states: Illinois, Ohio, and Kentucky. Through the WEP, more than 2,000 workers have attended classes in English as a second language, reading and writing, math, general educational development, basic communications for the workplace, and problem-solving skills. The WEP's partnering model is based on the following: workplace advisory boards; face-to-face recruitment and stipends to help workers overcome common barriers to program participation (such as child care and transportation problems); worker ownership of the program; worker recognition ceremonies; strong employer investment; the principle that curriculum development is an inventive process that includes task analysis and learner-centered methodologies; and ongoing professional development. Thanks to the WEP, participating workers have achieved measurable increases in their basic and problem-solving skills and participating businesses have reaped the following benefits: less absenteeism, better safety records, greater productivity, improved team building, less waste, and a more stable work force. (Contains 20 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Fashion Industry, Functional Literacy, Incentives, Limited English Speaking, Literacy Education, Models, Partnerships in Education, Program Development, Services, Student Centered Curriculum, Task Analysis, Unions, Vocational English (Second Language), 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: Northeastern Illinois Univ., Chicago. Chicago Teachers' Center.; Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees.
Note: For "Worker Education Program" guides, see CE 077 934 and CE 077 952.