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Building the Case for ES at SIAST (Case Study)

Can a 20 hour Essential Skills (ES) intervention make a difference in learner success?

By working with Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) faculty and learners in programs not familiar with ES, the research team proved the value of supporting ES development in SIAST learners and integrating ES in SIAST curriculum. Eight programs in heath, business and community services divisions were identified.

102 learners were pre-tested to determine who was below the ES level required for success in programs and employment. Pre-testing using the Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES) confirmed that 88 of the 102 learners tested were at or below Level 2 and lacking in Essential Skills.

Findings indicated that the vast majority of the 31 learners who completed a 20 hour ES intervention increased their scores in Reading, Document Use and Numeracy. As a result, many faculty members have expressed a desire to explore ways to continue supporting ES development in future learners and programs.

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Last Updated: June 17, 2015