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The VISIONS project, a workplace literacy program held in two manufacturing plants and a regional medical center, was conducted during an 18-month period from July 1, 1993 to December 31, 1994. During the project, staff were hired and trained, task analyses and orientation sessions were held, and tests and curricula were developed. Employees were recruited and some were mandated to attend. Instruction was planned to occur in 4 cycles of 13 weeks each with students attending class 4 hours per week in 2-hour segments, using materials related to their jobs. Courses were developed on the following subjects: reading, mathematics, and chemistry for a cement manufacturer; vocabulary, numbers and charts, English and writing, reading strategies, conflict resolution, and communication skills for a hospital; and communications and problem solving, increasing word power and mathematical problem solving, reading blueprints, and statistical process control for an automotive assembly plant. During the project, 294 students were served, and all the sites indicated a willingness to carry on the project. Evaluation of the project showed that 99 percent of the students experienced a gain in skills, based on pre- and posttests, and many gained better job attitudes and became more self-sufficient. Recommendations were made to make the classes mandatory so that students would gain sufficient basic skills to learn the class materials. On-site evaluations were conducted at each of the projects, and comments from students and instructors were recorded. (The report includes these attachments: participant demographics, comments of participants, summaries of private interviews, task analyses, the retention plan, and an external evaluation report.) (KC)

Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Job Skills, Literacy Education, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Program Improvement, Summative Evaluation, Workplace Literacy

Author: Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical Coll., Orangeburg, SC.


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