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PCC Celebrates Adult Education & Family Literacy Week

PCC Celebrates Adult Education & Family Literacy Weekfile_000

PCC’s Adult Basic Education for College & Career division started celebrating National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week a day early, and we kept on celebrating for a day after as well.file_000-2

Last Saturday, staff, student leaders, AmeriCorps members along with their family and friends worked on the courtyard to maintain and clear out the lovely plants and landscaping that that they started last year.  I stopped by on Monday to check out the progress, and it looked awesome!

Our Literacy Connects friend, Betty Stauffer had a wonderful op-ed published in the Star. It was a positive story about the literacy needs in our community.  http://tucson.com/news/opinion/column/guest/betty-stauffer-literacy-is-the-foundation-of-a-community/article_5b9ca900-5645-52c2-88da-6e1a9be3d513.html


On Monday, all of our teachers and instructional leaders attended an in service on formative assessment. They learned, reflected and practiced techniques to ensure students are learning and that teachers are delivering content in a culturally sensitive and respectful manner.  At the end of the day, the 50+ gathering split into open space groups to discuss a variety of topics.

Our Civics & Student Leadership program also participated in a Get out the Vote campaign at the YWCA with the League of Women Voters.  Did you know there are just over 500,000 people registered to vote in Pima County?  Did you know that in the last primary, only 30% of the eligible voters turned out?  That means, your three crazy friends are deciding the future for the 7 of us who are sane!

On Wednesday, KOLD’s Maria Hechanova did a story about our classes and interviewed a student.  Richard was open and honest about why he dropped out, how he had tried over and over for 10+ years, and that he was finally dedicated to finishing.  Watch for Richard in your classes, because I told him we would help him finish!  He wants to be a broadcast journalist when he finishes; and he wants to be a good role model for his kids. http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/33274891/pcc-recognizes-national-adult-education-family-literacy-week


Also, on Wednesday, superstar Ambassadors, Laura Porfirio and BHS/IBEST HSE graduate Linda Langston were hobnobbing with policymakers in D.C. They met with both Arizona Senators or staff, Representatives Grijalva, McSally and others as well.  COABE sponsored the trip for nearly 50 advocates and held 100+ meetings with policymakers! They were able to tell them about the importantance of adult education for thousands in our community.  Linda was able to speak firsthand how adult education, her teachers and our programs changed her life. Laura secured a few tours this Fall, so watch for those bigwig visits as well.file_000-6

On Thursday, Telemundo came to do a story about our program as well. Teresa Moreno, Student Services Tech extraordinaire, handled the entire interview.

On Sunday, we ended the week with a large Pima County Interfaith Council (PCIC) accountability session. Over 500 people attended the session.  “All politics is local”, as House Speaker O’Neil was credited with saying… in a time where speaking about national politics can lead to angered friends and family feuds, pay attention to the local and state races  And more importantly, help your students see themselves and their issues in context – help them see why voting is important to them.   Many times, local policymakers are the most accessible and the most responsive.

Throughout the week, there were highlights, facts and figures posted on social media.  The purpose of National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week is to raise file_000-5awareness about what adult education is and why it is so important for our nation.  I think we did that!


Navigators helped Students Bridge to College & Career success!

Navigators helped Students Bridge to College & Career success!

“This Bridge class has taught me math I did not know and also taught me about the options I have at Pima College. I know now that there are a lot of opportunities I didn’t know about before.”

“This class has been great. I’ve been able to learn a lot of new things that I might have learned at one point of my life but didn’t remember. I can actually see myself passing my GED test and maybe placing better on the COMPASS test. “

“I am now encouraging my wife to re-enter school.”

“This class is important to me because it helps me prepare for future classes at Pima.”

We were honored to receive a City of Tucson grant this fiscal year for $65,273 to develop and implement a Bridge to College and Career (BCC) program. It was designed to promote College and Career success skills among students preparing for their High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma at PCC. A student who is ready for college and career can qualify for and succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing college courses without the need for remedial or developmental coursework. The BCC Program served just over 100 students testing at 9th grade level or above (in at least two subject areas out of Math, Reading, and Writing). Program participants participated in career and college-focused lessons, supplemental classes, one-on-one advising, and referral to career and college resources. As a result, participants’ basic educational and job-readiness skills increased.

The Bridge to College and Career (BCC) program targeted high-level Adult Education students in need of developing their college and career readiness along with their basic academic skills. To that end, the BCC Career Navigators worked individually with students; in addition, Career Navigators worked with Instructors in high-level Adult Education classes to offer college and career readiness workshops.  Finally, the BCC program offered intensive, targeted Bridge classes for students beginning to transition to credit classes at PCC.

Highlights include:

  • Exploration of potential career pathways; workshops on resume-writing; support in goal-setting; exploration of library job help
  • Career Fairs at two large learning centers, in collaboration with Pima County OneStop, PCC occupational programs, and other community partners
  • Field Trips to PCC Campuses to tour occupational training programs (Pharmacy Tech, Aviation, Truck Driving, Center for Training and Development)
  • Workshops on GED test-taking tips, utilizing the Arizona Career Information System, and on note-taking skills
  • Support in navigating MyPima student portal

The BCC program achieved the following outcomes:

  • 78% of program participants achieved an educational gain before exiting the program. An educational gain is approximately an increase of 2.4 grade levels or more.
  • 100% of program completers showed an increase in college readiness skills as measured by a pre- and post-perception survey.
  • 29% of program participants took the Compass test (required PCC placement test)
  • 45% of program participants completed one AzCIS career inventory. 100% of participants did some career exploration activity.
  • 30% of participants began the GED testing process by taking the GED Ready practice test and/or taking at least one subject of the official GED test. 17 students have passed at least one subject of the official GED test. 6 students successfully passed the GED exam.
  • 18% of participants enrolled in credit-bearing classes at Pima Community College

The addition of Career Navigators to the Bridge to College and Career program has increased the impact of the BCC program significantly. Career Navigators are ensuring that all high-level Adult Education students have the skills and support needed to be ready to transition to college and career as soon as they pass the GED exam. Career Navigators were able to target and reach out to high-level students individually, which we had never had the capacity to do before. As a result of the in-class lessons co-taught by Navigators, more students than ever are seeking out the Navigators for career exploration and college readiness support. This has led to an articulated, supported career readiness pathway that begins with orientation for Adult Education students and ends when they transition to college or career training.