Western Canada Workplace Essential Skills Training Network (WWestNet)

The bottom line, No. 10 (1998)

September 1998

An article in this issue focuses on the political issues underlying the development and delivery of essential-skills programs in the workplace. During a two-day workshop, practitioners and expert speakers discussed the need to understand the values and positions of stakeholders in workplace education.

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2010-03-17

The bottom line, No. 9 (1998)

May 1998

This issue includes an article about a partnership between Bow Valley College (formerly Alberta Vocational College – Calgary) and educational institutions in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Funded by the Canadian International Development Agency, the project combines skills-based technical instruction with hands-on entrepreneurial experience. Canadian labour representatives are also involved in the project.

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2010-03-10

The bottom line, No. 8 (1998)

January 1998

This issue features an article on the movement by organized labour, particularly in western and northern Canada, to increase its role in providing basic education to working people. The goal is to see literacy become a tool for workers to effect social and economic change.

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2010-03-10

The bottom line, No. 7 (1997)

October 1997

This issue includes an article on the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour’s Worker’s Education for Skills Training (WEST) program, which received a Training for Excellence award from the Saskatchewan Labour Force Development Board.

Another article deals with the lack of awareness of workplace essential skills revealed by the Linkage Project undertaken by Workplace Education Manitoba.

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2010-03-10

The bottom line, No. 6 (1997)

July 1997

This issue of the newsletter contains articles about the completion of a needs assessment of essential skills by the Construction Owners’ Association of Alberta; crossing cultural gaps with workers for whom English is a second language; and the establishment of WoodLINKS, a partnership between the British Columbia education system and the wood-products industry to increase awareness of careers in that field.

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2010-03-03

The bottom line, No. 5 (1997)

April 1997

This issue includes an article on a project jointly sponsored by a local of the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE) and the Workplace Education Manitoba Steering Committee (WEMSC). The Learning Experience Centre takes a holistic approach to teaching, focusing on the individual as a worker, community member and member of a larger family unit.

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2010-03-03

The bottom line, No. 4 (1997)

January 1997

This issue includes articles on a symposium held in Calgary to consider the results of the Canadian component of the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS); plans for a workplace literacy forum to be held in Yellowknife; and the link between literacy retention and workplace literacy demands.

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The bottom line, No. 3 (1996)

October 1996

This issue of the newsletter includes an account of a workshop addressing the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS)and its Canadian component. Another article deals with how reading and writing skills are applied in the construction industry.

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The bottom line, No. 2 (1996)

July 1996

This issue’s lead article focuses on a workshop held in Saskatchewan to help educators adapt their skills and knowledge to the demands of workplace education programming.

Other articles deal with a conference held in Mexico on competency-based education; a look at the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS); the Calgary Learning Centre’s annual Breakfast of Champions; and a comparison of approaches to adult education.

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2010-02-24

The bottom line, No. 1 (1996)

April 1996

This first issue begins with an introduction to the newsletter, explaining its purpose.

Other articles deal with an organizational needs assessment (ONA) at the Dynasty Wood Products furniture plant; a training project for community literacy coordinators in Alberta; and the partnership between the Government of Manitoba and the Workplace Education Manitoba Steering Committee.

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