In Colorado today, there are over 585,000 people aged 16+ with no high school diploma. That number will most likely grow dramatically as the high school drop out rate in the state is 32% and a dismal and discouraging 54% in the city of Denver. The statistics on our poorly educated population demonstrate we are creating a semi-literate workforce. Everyone responsible for improving productivity among their workforce is faced with the problem of training people who have difficulty reading, writing, understanding instructions, training, and interaction with customers and co-workers.
Long term we must identify the key issues to reducing these extremely high drop out rate. We all have a vested interest in education that produces graduates that become productive citizens. Improving the quality and productivity of workers doesn’t need to wait for the high school graduation rate to improve. Organizations are implementing educational training programs to boost workforce productivity and getting significant results on their training investment. Sara Lee Coffee and Tea Consumer Brands reports absenteeism dropped from 6.75% to 2.1% and productivity increased from 89% to 99%. Marriott, Barber foods, CVS, Disney Florida and VDOT all have experienced positive results from GED and other educational programs.
The Literacy Coalition of Colorado will provide your organization with training programs customized to your employees needs. This website provides specifics on the organizations involved in the Coalition and the types of training they can deliver. Working with the Literacy Coalition of Colorado you really can improve the productivity of your workforce.
The Literacy Coalition of Colorado would like to thank our sponsors for their continued support:
Colorado Allergy & Asthma Clinic