Re-Visioning Instruction and Support at Community Colleges to Support the Whole Student
Submitted by Sara Hill on August 30, 2016 - 2:58pm
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) is committed to supporting community college students and, in turn, strengthening the coordination and alignment between adult education and developmental education programs at community college campuses to better prepare students for the 21st century job market.
Supporting Student Success: Adult Education and Remedial Education Reform in Community Colleges is a two-year technical assistance effort intended to support the Administration’s remediation reform goals and the Department of Education’s Strategic Plan. Over the past year, the Department, in collaboration with the Manhattan Strategy Group, identified successful programs at four community colleges across the United States, to identify examples of alignment between adult and developmental education.
For this week-long discussion, staff from two of the sites, Jordan Herrera, Amarillo College, and Dianne Lee, St. Louis Community College, will facilitate the discussion which will focus on low-skills students at community colleges who need new approaches to instruction in addition to supports to help them to stay in school. St Louis Community College re-designed their adult learning academy to be highly flexible, using both face-to-face as well as online and media-oriented approaches to instruction. In addition, the program has rolling admissions, and provides the option for students who need to "stop out" to deal with an issue in their lives to return to the program. The second program, Amarillo Community College, provides a high touch approach to students that provides support in a wide spectrum of their lives, e.g. social, emotional, and financial, among others, and which models an extensive partnership with local social services and community based organizations. During the discussion, participants will have an opportunity to pose their own questions, comments, and receive feedback from the facilitators. will share their knowledge and expertise with you.
Kicking off the discussion, we would like to ask you the question: