Adult Education Innovations
Educators across the country are developing new ways to manage the complexities of helping adult students elevate themselves through education. Learn how adult educators are getting creative!
Have a narrative summary of an adult education program, project or initiative that you believe has been innovative in helping students, employers and/or your community?
Orleans Niagara Boces / World Life Institute
The challenge is to provide ESL and U.S. Civics to agricultural workers in rural Western New York State. Adult agricultural workers have little background in education and challenging work. To regularly attend, learn and succeed after long days in the (primarily) apple orchards year-round, in all weather condition, is rarely achievable. Farm workers who live in a rural, non-diverse community face tremendous social, cultural, linguistic, legal, and economic barriers with dreams for improvement.
We are a year-round program addressing linguistic, cultural, and skills-based learning, along with U.S. civics and citizenship education for adult men and women. We collaborate with a NYS Arts Council to provide a pottery skills and literacy program annually since 2004 for Hispanic women. We teach computer skills and ESL to all levels of students who work in agriculture. We work in camps and in a school. Agricultural women benefit year round with agreements for daycare.
We have received the highest annual funding with a collaborative NYS Arts grant for pottery skills with English since 2004 for agricultural students. Six of our agricultural workers achieved Student of the Year from NYS for achievement above obstacles. No other NYS honorees came from agricultural backgrounds. Hispanic women learn pottery skills with literacy. Academic, legal, economic, and cultural gains have been achieved via this program for the underserved agricultural adult population.
Tarrant County College
One challenge that the Tarrant County College District has experienced is our High School Equivalency/GED® graduates and our English as a Second Language (ESL) completers were falling through the cracks as they attempted to move from the Community and Industry Education to the undergraduate side of the college. We discovered they were applying to be fully admitted in college but not enrolling. The students were getting overwhelmed with taking the next step.One challenge that the Tarrant County College District has experienced is our High School Equivalency/GED® graduates and our English as a Second Language (ESL) completers were falling through the cracks as they attempted to move from the Community and Industry Education to the undergraduate side of the college. We discovered they were applying to be fully admitted in college but not enrolling. The students were getting overwhelmed with taking the next step.
As a solution, the Adult Basic Education College Transitions courses were developed by the Tarrant County College Workforce Services staff. Originally developed in 2012 and located at the TCC Opportunity Center, the courses are now offered on multiple TCC campuses on a rotating basis. The target population for these courses is a combination of recent HSE/GED® completers and advanced ESL students. Topics include but are not limited to: motivation, information about degree and certificate programs, time management tips, campus tours, and guest speakers. College Readiness Academic Advisors work closely with the students and ABE professors to co-teach the courses and assist students with the college admissions process.
As a result of this multi-campus team effort, our students are completing the college admissions process in greater numbers. Our students have obtained Forklift Certifications, completed the Call Center Training Program, and enrolled in the Office Careers Program as well as numerous degree-seeking programs.
San Mateo Adult School
The staff and students at San Mateo Adult School have been leaders in the effort to save and stabilize Adult Education in California. They have done a tremendous amount and learned a lot along the way. Please visit their student blog at smaceesl.blogspot.com so you can learn how they have continued to promote adult education. Please be sure to click on the labels: Save Out Schools, Action Step, and Student Voice for more information.
Please visit the Adult Education Matters blog at adulteducationmatters.blogspot.com that was created by Cynthia Eagleton, ESL instructor at San Mateo Adult School. The blog is a wealth of information about all things Adult Education. Subscribe to the blog to keep updated on current adult education news and events happening in California. The folks at San Mateo Adult are always happy to help and share their experiences.