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Thursday Notes for March 7, 2002

A Factsheet from the Division of Adult Education and Literacy
Office of Vocational and Adult Education

Edited by Sarah Newcomb


Private Sector Training:
Does Size Matter?
Small and medium-sized firms expect to increase investments in employee training in coming months, but planned investments by larger companies hit hard by recession have sagged. This is according to a new report by the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). Still, ASTD expects total training expenditures to increase in 2002. A special focus of growth has been e-learning. In 2000, private sector training expenditures were $704 per employee, but companies with strong commitments to training spent as much as $1,574 per employee. Most training involved technical processes or information technology. State and federal adult education expenditures per learner that year are estimated at about $400.
Florida Adult School Goes Tech Prep Florida Community College at Jacksonville is one of nine winners of a FY 2001 Tech Prep Demonstration grant, OVAE just announced. The college gets $485,519 over three years to redesign its downtown adult high school as a tech prep program. The goal is to provide adult students with integrated academic and technical instruction, including opportunities to enroll in dual credit technical education courses. Graduates earn a diploma and credits toward an Associates Degree in a technical career field. Evaluation components include academic achievement, retention and completion, placement in employment and enrollment in postsecondary education.
Verizon Funds Workplace and Online Learning Verizon gave $350,000 recently to Laubach Literacy International (LLI) and Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA) to support workplace literacy and online resources. LLI gets $250,000 to create/distribute a booklet boosting employers' awareness of how low literacy affects productivity, profitability, and competitiveness. LVA gets $100,000 to develop the LVA/Verizon Promising Practices Exchange. The Exchange will expand online information and learning opportunities for educators helping low-literate adults. Contact or
Can Community Colleges Help Welfare Clients? Maybe you're scratching your head about what works for welfare clients. The Community College Role in Welfare to Work, a new ERIC publication, outlines successful service models based at community colleges in California, Illinois, Texas, and Wisconsin. The work in this book was sponsored by the Department of Education. For sale for $28 on their website.


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