Adult Education Program sees enrollment increase

The current Adult Basic Education session being offered from VC’s Adult Education Program that began on September 7 is serving a record number of students.

The current session has a combined enrollment of 550 students, which includes onsite Adult Basic Education  classes and the distance learning component—where students participate in instruction online—plus those enrolled in the English as a Second Language classes.

With this one session, this year’s enrollment is already at more than 70 percent of the total enrollment for all of last year.

The Adult Basic Education program, which offers seven-week instructional classes four times per year, prepares students to take the GED.  English as a Second Language sessions are 14 weeks and offered twice a year. Distance learning activities are available throughout the year.

“Increased enrollment is a result of the current state of the economy,” said VC Adult Education Director Stacey Weaver. “Plus, our distance learning option has also helped increase enrollment.”

Enrollment for the next session that begins on November 1 is already progressing at a rapid pace.

“Last Tuesday we received 46 applications for the next session in just one day,” said Debbie Kasper, Adult Education administrative assistant. “Thursday we received 20 more, and now that brings our total for the next session to 100 already.”

Students may continue to apply for the next ABE session until October 21.

Recently, the Adult Education building on Crestwood began a remodeling project to enhance and update the facility that has been occupying the former CPL branch for the past 13 years. The project is now nearing its finish and the department plans to exhibit its improvements during an Open House event that will be announced soon.

 

by Katy Long, posted Thursday, September 23, 2010

 

Published: Monday, 11 October 2010
 

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