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December, 2004

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Workplace Education Articles

December 14, 2004

Workplace Education is the theme of the new Focus on Basics.  The editor, Barbara Garner, wanted to call you attention to two articles of state interest.  See her note below

You might want to pass the URL on to those in your state interested in helping incumbent workers keep their jobs through workplace education.  This issue includes some of our most experienced workplace education colleagues sharing their expertise. 

Here is Barbara’s note: 

“The new “Focus on Basics” ( has a couple of articles that are particularly pertinent to state directors and state staff. One reviews the role states play in supporting workplace education. The url is

The other is the cover story, which looks at whether the programs funded with government workplace funds in MA continued after the grants ended, and why. That’s at


Barbara Garner
Editor, Focus on Basics
(781) 784-4489
9 Cottage Street
Sharon, MA  02067”

The work place continues to change.  Technology is replacing “lift and put” jobs.  Employers want to retain loyal employees.  Workplace education programs at the work site, many paid for by the industry, provide loyal workers with reading, math, and other skills needed to compete for the more technologically sophisticated jobs and retain employment.

 Keep up the good work.  Let me know when we can help.

Program Design Resource
December 14, 2004

John Comings--NCSALL at Harvard--is working on an exciting evidence-based resource that also will help you with program design, state planning, and program improvement activities.  The resource should be available for you next summer. 

However, there are four areas that lack research and clear consensus about effective best practices.

Can you help fill the gaps in knowledge?   

Here is the URL to the 15 minute electronic survey: 

Please submit by December 23rd. 

Thank you for your help. 

Keep up the good work.  Let me know when we can help.




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