ERIC Number: ED426300
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
JobLink. Demonstrating New Systems and Training Modules for Effective Literacy Learning. Final Report and Evaluation.
Coast Community Coll. District, Costa Mesa, CA.
This report describes the JobLink workplace literacy program conducted for employees of nine companies in Costa Mesa, California. The introduction provides background and describes the problem: one-third of the 2,870 workers had inadequate language and literacy skills. The next six chapters describe the problem, solutions, tasks, challenges, and discoveries related to these topics: (1) developing and delivering multimedia and Internet-based literacy instruction to working adults; (2) supporting companies' changes and improvements through worksite training; (3) involving supervisors in training programs; (4) measuring return on investment; (5) disseminating project results; and (6) continuing training after the project ends. The last chapter evaluates project results, reporting the following: 881 employees from the original nine plus an additional company were trained; students working in the multimodal lab showed more reading comprehension improvement than worksite students; lab, worksite, and distance education students showed significant differences in self-improvement; those who persisted (more than 100 study hours) showed the greatest improvements. The following conclusions are reported: multimedia materials provide literacy students an enhanced, self-paced environment; supervisor knowledge and support of training increases employee persistence and retention; and companies that established computerized learning centers on site have built an infrastructure for continued learning. Appendices contain the following: results of job analysis interviews; additional job analysis; distance learning pilot project; distance learning orientation module; worksite module sample activities; learner enrollment and assessment forms; student newsletters; newsletter for managers; and worksite module program brochures. (SK)
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: Coast Community Coll. District, Costa Mesa, CA.
Note: For "JobLink" final report and the ten related instruction manuals, see CE 078 635-645.