ERIC Number: ED198893
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-11
Reference Count: 0
Survival Skills in a Community College.
The Survival Skills Center described in this report operates at Columbia College, CA, to provide individualized instruction in basic reading, writing, and math skills using a series of modules which focus on problems commonly encountered in everyday life. After discussing the need for such instruction among nontraditional students, the paper describes five booklets written by Center staff: (1) "Your Health," which covers topics including first aid, safety, drug and alcohol abuse, and birth control; (2) "Your Community," which focuses on government and community services, the legal system, and public transportation; (3) "Your Money," which considers personal budgeting, banking, credit, taxes, and insurance; (4) "You as a Consumer," which concentrates on finding a place to live, buying a car, shopping, and energy needs; and (5) "Your Job," which centers around assessing personal interests and finding and keeping a job. The remainder of the paper discusses administrative and operational factors that are basic to the Center's success. These factors include: the familiarity of the staff with the abilities and problems of the students; the utilization of well-qualified instructional aides who are sensitive to students' social and emotional problems; the use of a variety of instructional materials; the selective and individualized employment of diagnostic tests; and the availability of nontransferable credit for completing courses at the Center. (JP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Western College Reading Association (14th, Dallas, TX, April 9-12, 1981). For related documents, see JC 810 223-227.