The Academic and Career Readiness (ACR) division at Alamance Community College recently enjoyed success on four different fronts.
UNITED WAY FUNDS ACR PROGRAM
The College’s ACR division was awarded a $22,000 grant by United Way of Alamance County to assist adult students returning to school to complete their high school education through test scholarships. The grant also provides support for those learning English or obtaining citizenship, and will help students who have learning differences with the goal of improved academics, self-advocacy, and transition.
“This grant will help all students transition to college or a career, and offer support during their journey,” said Jennifer Mock, Director of ACC’s Academic and Career Readiness division. “Annually a resource fair is held as part of the grant to address barriers. This year it will be held virtually. This is the fifth year ACC has been awarded this grant and was one of the largest grants to be awarded.”
ABLE PROGRAM DISTINCTION
The Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) program has earned a state recommendation for distinction of innovative strategies that improve learner outcomes through best practices in adult education.
ABLE is an academic program that includes self-advocacy and career exploration designed specifically for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Historically, ACC was one of the first community colleges in North Carolina to offer classes that serve students with a variety of disabilities. Today the College has a variety of program options for those with learning differences: the free ABLE program, the transitional bridge Career College program, and continuing education and curriculum classes with support from the disability services office.
ACC’S ‘HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY IN THE COMMUNITY’ USED STATEWIDE
ACC’s High School Equivalency (HSE) in the Community program, a mail-in initiative designed to prepare students for the GED and HiSet tests, was offered statewide for the first time this school year.
ACC developed the HSE in the Community program several years ago, which provided convenient access for students via mail-in prep tests. This year, as the mail-in program underwent a curriculum update to reflect specific content standards, the State of North Carolina adopted the format for its first proxy study in adult education. Doreen Tuck, ACC’s Academic and Career Readiness Coordinator, developed an implementation guide and conducted state webinars to assist colleagues at other campuses.
“When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, there was a need to find alternative ways to serve students quickly and equitably,” explained Jennifer Mock. “The mail-in program we piloted proved to be a solution across North Carolina. Our fellow community colleges began to use HSE in the Community to reach rural students and those that did not have the ability to be online. It was also used in local jails and prisons.”
ESOL PROGRAM AWARDED $25,000 TO IMPLEMENT DIGITAL LITERACY SKILLS
Alamance Community College is one of nine campuses in North Carolina awarded a $25,000 digital literacy grant to support students enrolled in the English Speakers of Other Languages program, offered through Academic and Career Readiness division. Coordinator Victoria Rans will oversee this process. This grant was awarded February 1, 2021.