University Develops Literacy Programs with Local Schools

Posted: March 29, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Elena Barbre

The Office of Adult Learning and Professional Development (OALPD) is collaborating with the adult education units of the public schools in Arlington and Prince William Counties to develop new curricula designed to integrate three major components: workplace readiness, basic academic skills, and office technology skills.

A total of $55,000 has been allocated to the Arlington and Prince William County Schools to purchase computers, educational software, and training materials for their adult education programs. These funds also support professional development services for adult literacy teachers and curriculum tryout activities with adult basic education and adult English as a Second Language students.

These collaborative relationships are funded by the George Mason University segment of the GTE Links Virginia for Literacy program, a partnership of four Virginia universities that promotes workforce development by improving the literacy and technology skills of undereducated adults. Edward Jones, director of OALPD, is the George Mason liaison for the program, which was created by GTE Corp. in consultation with the National Institute for Literacy.

“As a result of this program, teachers will be trained to provide adult learners with the academic and technical skills they need for sustainable employment in an office setting,” says Jones. “Teachers will learn effective ways of integrating technology into their instruction of adult students. The program also emphasizes soft skills, including self-confidence and interpersonal skills, that students need to succeed in any workplace environment.”

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