ERIC Number: ED120444
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Opportunities Unlimited: Minnesota Indians Adult Basic Education; Narrative and Statistical Evaluation Third Year 1971-72, with a Review of the First and Second Years.
Opportunities Unlimited is a State-wide program to provide adult basic education (ABE) and training for Indians on Minnesota reservations and in Indian communities. An administrative center in Bemidji serves communities on the Red Lake, White Earth, and Leech Lake Reservations, and a Duluth center provides ABE and training for communities on the Grand Portage, Nett Lake, Fond du Lac, and Mille Lacs Reservations. The program is directed toward providing basic skills, communication skills and information for effective functioning in society, individualized instruction based on immediate need, and increased employment potential. Community instructional aides were responsible for the initial community contacts and organization of the classes. The most frequently requested courses were driver education and ABE in preparation for the high school equivalency test. During the three-year program, 375 adults passed the high school equivalency test, and 745 adults passed their driver's test. Three hundred people were unemployed before taking the high school equivalency test compared to 26 unemployed after passing the test. Courses in Anishinabe (Chippewa and Ojibway languages) were not generally successful due to a lack of experienced instructors and materials. Child care and transportation arrangements were often necessary for student participation. (EA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul. Indian Section.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota