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ERIC Number: EJ1076640
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1595
Sometimes, It Takes a Village
Taylor, Gwen; Heflin, David
Adult Learning, v26 n4 p167-169 Nov 2015
In this article, Gwen Taylor describes the West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) groundbreaking program, "Accelerating Opportunity" (AO), which targeted students who are deficient in math, reading, or writing. The program uses the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges' (2013) Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) model of instruction, as well as a success coach to assist students in overcoming obstacles to their education. A team-teaching approach allowed students in the AO program to bypass some, or all, of their developmental classes. The program's success coach component supported the student during the enrollment process by assisting students with financial aid, admission, assessment, and advising. In addition, a career center provided coaching to students for job placement, resume writing, and interviewing skills, as well as a basic skills instructor who served as a success coach once classes begin by using intrusive counseling in the classroom. As educators, the feeling of accomplishment when completing a goal and being acknowledged for their work is a reward. For adult learners there was no difference in their desire to be acknowledged for their accomplishments so the AO program continued to provide motivation and encouragement for the adult learners to stay on the pathway to achieve their goals. The author concluded that, for many, college is an exciting and open door to a whole world of opportunity. However, for some, college is an intimidating and daunting process. For those people who harbor anxiety or self-doubt about returning to school, there are "villages" such as the AO program where students can feel they belong.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky
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