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About this site

Purpose
The Workforce Education Special Collection demonstrates the value of workforce learning, fosters and promotes the development of high-quality workforce education programs, provides guidelines for planning and supporting these programs, and supports ongoing communication and collaboration among stakeholders.

Development of the Collection
This project is a joint effort of the National Institute for Literacy and the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Division of Adult Education and Literacy. This collection of Workforce Education resources is being developed and maintained by the Southern LINCS at the Center for Literacy Studies, The University of Tennessee. Center for Literacy Studies staff directly responsible for the site are:

Dr. Donna Brian, Content Developer/Coordinator of the Workforce Education Special Collection
djgbrian@utk.edu

Jean Stephens, Center for Literacy Studies Director
jjstephe@utk.edu

Bill McNutt, Center for Literacy Studies Technology Coordinator
mcnutt@utk.edu

Angela Rivera, Center for Literacy Studies Computer Information Specialist
arivera1@utk.edu

Selection Criteria
All resources included in LINCS Special Collections are expected to meet general LINCS Selection Criteria.

Additional selection criteria for resources included in the Workforce Education Special Collection concern the relevance of the resources to work-related learning experiences and the intended audience of the site.  Relevance to work-related learning and audience are determined by a review process utilizing a specialized advisory group, called the Core Knowledge Group, with wide and varied areas of expertise in Workforce Education.

Relevance:
Resources are selected to demonstrate the value of workforce learning, foster and promote the development of high-quality workforce education programs, provide guidelines for planning and supporting these programs, support ongoing communication and collaboration among stakeholders, and /or enable workers/learners to upgrade their basic skills within the context of the workplace.

Audience:
The intended stakeholders or audiences for the Workforce Education Special Collection are employed or unemployed workers along with all those who seek to aid or encourage workers to upgrade their skills, including workforce instructors, program administrators and Human Resources personnel, employers and case managers, unions, economic developers, state staff, and policy makers.

Core Knowledge Group
In addition to approving the resources chosen to appear in the Workforce Education Special Collection, the Core Knowledge Group also assisted the staff in decisions about the content and organization of the site.