High school equivalency (HSE) prep programs around the country are experiencing an overwhelming need for more adult education, at the same time as budgets are being cut.
The difficult economy has created severe job loss among adults without a high school diploma or equivalent. Meanwhile, the same conditions cause governments to tighten the budget strings, and adult education programs are often targets. The increased need and decreased resources cause adult education programs to explore innovative solutions. It increases the need for volunteer-based programs.
The Linn-Benton Community College Adult Basic Education/GED program in Albany, Oregon is testing a new class structure to handle teaching students at different skill levels. They use parallel classes taught at the same time. While a teacher works with students at one level, the other class is open to independent study to help students catch up in areas where they are lacking. Students can move from one class to the other to customize their education.
The West Virginia Community and Technical College System is creating the I-PASS initiative, which stands for Integrated Pathways for Adult Student Success. It approaches test prep in a unique way, coupling traditional preparation with workforce certification or associate's degree training.
In other areas, tutoring programs bring in volunteer tutors to give personalized study help. Julie Kohn, of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, started a GED training program in 2007, when her friend dropped out of high school. Because the program is textbook-based, personal tutoring is important for success. Volunteer tutors are in demand at many library programs and adult education initiatives.
The development of online learning can play an important role in new study programs. Effective online learning can be easier to access than a textbook for independent study and for students paired with volunteer tutors. It also enforces computer literacy in programs designed to teach broader adult education goals in conjunction with high school equivalency.
There are many successful routes for developing HSE study programs. Engaging learners as individuals and working with each at his or her personal skill level is the key to meaningful education.
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