Adult Literacy Project
Job seekers who lack a high school diploma or polished interviewing skills
face major obstacles in their career search. WHYY has joined forces with
Investment Boards (WIB) in Philadelphia, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery
counties for the WHYY Adult Literacy project. The goal is to make it easier
to get these basic skills training. Thanks to a $188,000 grant from Pennsylvania
Public Television Network (PPTN), WHYY installed computers with digital
television receiver cards at 20 locations. These community-training sites
can now offer basic workplace skills and GED preparation video courses
in a more convenient setting and at the learners convenience.
WHYY uses its new digital television transmitter to "datacast"
complete sets of video courses along with workbooks and background information
to these remote sites in a fraction of the time it would take to send
them through the Internet. And, the information can be updated at any
In Montgomery County, for example, 44 students have used the training
programs, and students report that the videos bring lessons to life without
"talking down" to them. At the Pottstown campus of Montgomery
County Community College, four of 22 students using the program have already
received their GEDs one of them scoring 400 points over the minimum.
This two-year pilot project is just one example of how WHYY can use its
many distribution channels to help solve education and workforce challenges in our region.