SAIL helps transition Adult Education students to training and employment

You can’t just sail through the SAIL training.

That’s what 12 students discovered when they enrolled in the Students Accelerating through Integrated Learning (SAIL) training at Victoria College.

Students in the inaugural SAIL classes can improve reading, writing, math, and/or English language skills and prepare for the GED while training to enter a career as a certified nurse aide (CNA), truck driver, or welder.

“We are very excited and optimistic about this new training that will transition adult education students to training and employment in just a few months,” said Sherri Pall, Victoria College Workforce & Continuing Education director. “This training integrates basic adult education skills and technical training for in high-demand occupations such as certified nurse aide, CDL driver, and welder.”

Taking evening classes in the College’s Adult Education Center, many in the group have work and family responsibilities that compete with their time spent on education.

Abigail Bazan of Victoria didn’t finish high school but always wanted to go to college.

“I didn’t want to get a ‘Good Enough Diploma,’” she said. “Now, I want to do this for my family., I want to get my GED and CNA.”

Bazan admits SAIL is a little harder than regular adult education classes because she and several others are studying for the GED and taking CNA courses.

“I would recommend SAIL to others,” Bazan said. “It’s a good life-starter if you didn’t finish high school.”

Analisa Escalona, of Victoria, didn’t plan on joining SAIL but “got into it at the last minute.”

“I think that if I didn’t do this, I wouldn’t continue my education, Escalona said.

She likes the SAIL review sessions that reinforce what she learned in the CNA classes the night before. She and her fellow classmates discuss and write the previous day’s lessons in their journals.

Kim Boscarello, of Edna, began taking GED classes last year in Port Lavaca but enrolled in SAIL when she learned it was being offered in Victoria.

“I took this opportunity for me and my family,” Boscarello said. “I’ve always wanted to become a CNA and work with babies in the hospital.”

Boscarello admitted to having doubts about whether she could complete the training but credits Adult Education Center Director Tiffany Johnson and Assistant Adult Education Director Daniel Gonzalez with having faith in her.

“They motivated me” Boscarello said. ”They saw that I could do it.”

The SAIL training is funded in part by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Accelerate TEXAS initiative in response to the growing demand for adult basic education services. Victoria College is one of 19 community colleges in Texas participating in Accelerate TEXAS, Pall said.

To enroll in the training, students must:
•    Be below 12.9 in Reading, Language, or Math on the Test of Adult Basic Education
•    Be at least 18 years old
•    Be eligible to work in Texas
•    Complete the launch class

Information sessions are held at 9 a.m. every Wednesday at the Victoria College Adult Education Center, 802 E. Crestwood Dr. in Victoria.

For more information, contact the Victoria College Adult Education Center at (361) 573-7323.

Members of the SAIL CNA class are, seated, from left,  Margaret Aranda, Meagan Cavazos, Kim Boscarello, Abigail Bazan, and Crystal Vasquez. Standing, from left, Gracie Garcia, Ashley Gonzales, Crystal Martinez, Desiree Flores, Analisa Escalona, and instructor Sandi English.

Published: Thursday, 01 August 2013

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