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ERIC Number: ED426268
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 61
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Partners in Progress. A Monograph on the Worker Education Program of Northeastern Illinois University.
Estes, Florence
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)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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.