ERIC Number: EJ792637
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: N/A
Adults Must Be College-Ready Too: ABE-to-College Transition Project Inspires Lives
Wilson, Blenda J.
Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, v20 n4 p25-26 Win 2006
In this article, the author shares the voices of adults whose lives have been changed by their enrollment in a set of innovative college readiness programs geared toward adults. These women and men have overcome obstacles between them and college that they believed were insurmountable--fear, inadequate academic preparation, lack of information about college and academia's expectations, lack of confidence. Until the 1970s, a high school diploma or its equivalent, the GED, was seen as terminal, sufficient preparation for a good job and a middle-class life. The economy has changed dramatically. Today, adults with only a high school education are seriously handicapped in the job market and are hard-pressed to take care of a family. New England's economy will be handicapped unless a way is found to help those adults find their way into college. About six years ago, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, in partnership with the New England Literacy Resource Center (NELRC), created a grant initiative to support adult basic education (ABE)-to-college programs. The ABE-to-College Transition Project is designed to inspire and support adult GED recipients, many of whom have been out of school for a while, to pursue postsecondary education. The project creates a bridge to college for capable but underprepared adult learners. Those who have enrolled in ABE-to-college transition programs struggle with many barriers including academic preparation and challenging lives. It is a testament to their desire to achieve and create a better life for themselves and their families that they took the risk to prepare for college.
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, College Programs, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Nontraditional Students, College Preparation, Transitional Programs, Education Work Relationship, Student Motivation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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