April 2014 Awards

EHE College Department: Teaching and Learning
Project Title: Honda English Language Training Program
Project Dates: 04/01/2014 – 3/31/15
Anticipated Total Award Amount: $400,000
Project Sponsor: Honda North America, Inc.
Project Abstract: Over 350 Japanese Honda employees in Canada, the United States, and Mexico are learning English and U.S. culture, thanks to a pilot program through the Combined English as a Second Language Programs. The goal is to raise the transfer employees’ skills so that they can effectively share their knowledge and collaborate with local associates. Most of the content for the online course is being created by the ESL instructors in the Combined ESL Programs. Four ESL instructors experienced in working with Japanese adult learners provide individualized instruction, especially in automotive English. The pilot will determine the effectiveness of online and digital content for workplace language training.
Additional Information: Read an article about this project in the EHE Office of Research Autumn 2014 Newsletter, In Review.

EHE College Department: Human Sciences
Project Title: Development of effective behavior based standard operating procedures for fresh cut leafy greens in retail foodservice operations.
Project Dates: 01/01/2014 – 12/31/2014
Anticipated Total Award Amount: $61,438
Project Sponsor: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (University of Houston)
Project Abstract: The long-term goal of the project is to develop a behavior-based food safety training program and standard operating procedures for the proper handling of fresh and fresh-cut produce that can be implemented in all types of foodservice operations. This program also addresses consumer expectations and helps reduce the incidence of foodservice-originated foodborne illnesses associated with fresh and fresh-cut produce in the United State.