Basic Education Departments.

Year Published:  1980
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX1048

This flyer/letter describes the efforts of the Vancouver Community College in conjunction with local 452 of the carpenter's union to organize within its system to teach basic language and math to carpenters. This is the second year of operation. The students involved speak English as a second language and have been in Canada from 2-20 years. Attaining language skills is not an end in itself, but is used as a tool to enable those being educated to have control over their situation individually and collectively.

Some factors that have contributed to the success of the program: 1) the arrangement of on the site visits to speak with job stewards, 2) the instructor's growing awareness and sympathy with respect to language skill needs of their students, 3) full support from the carpenter's union.
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