A lifetime of learning: The many rewards of a technology culture

Part 2: Results that matter

In the second part of our mini-series we draw upon an example of how technology can be deployed quickly to change the lives of individuals and provide them with essential skills for increasing job security and future prospects.

Education means lifetime value. It involves the provision of skills that are needed in today’s economy to improve employability.

The College of Western Idaho (COWI), a public, open-access community college in the US, recognised its responsibility for providing real-life skills when a manufacturing plant shut down, leaving 500 Hispanic workers without jobs. Within this community, with a population of 80.000, the manufacturing plant was a core source of employment for the area. Therefore, a strategy for up skilling those workers with little formal education the majority of which spoke almost no English was critically needed.

elearningLearning technology was a key enabler in this project. Working with the Department of Labour, COWI was able to secure funding and develop the structure of the course within one week – a process that would have been extremely difficult to achieve using a face-to-face learning course. An intensive training programme was set up offering the workers access to a six week course five times a week for greater impact more quickly. Through implementing the Rosetta Stone learning solution 95% of the workers successfully completed the training. The technology made teaching efforts more effective and greatly improved the learner’s language acquisition as well as improving essential computer literacy. Perhaps the greatest result of this project was that a large percentage of the workers were then also able to find employment shortly after completing the programme.

When fully appreciating the impact this had on each worker and their families this offers an exceptional example of how technology can be quickly organised to change the lives of individuals in a short amount of time.

You can read the full case study of the College of Western Idaho here.


Katharina is PR Manager at Rosetta Stone Europe. She is from Austria and loves languages. She lived in Italy and is now based in London. She speaks German, English, Italian, Spanish and some French and is now immersing into Greek. Do you want to learn a language, too? Try a free Rosetta Stone demo.

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