Emerging Practices with Promise
Submitted By: Crystal Robinson, South Bay Adult Education Consortium Southwestern
South Bay Adult Ed Consortium Southwestern: Creating Educational Roadmaps
- Type of Practice: Alignment of Programs
- Targeted Population: Adult Basic Education Students, Adult Secondary Education Students, Adults with Disabilities, Apprenticeship Program Participants, CTE Student, English Language Learners, First-time Students, High School Diploma Students, High School Equivalency Students, Returning Students, Citizenship Students, Vocational Certificate Students, K12 to CC Transitioning Students, State &/or Industry Certification Students
- Program Area(s): Adult Basic and Secondary Skills, Adults with Disabilities, Apprenticeships, Courses for Immigrants/ESL, CTE
- Consortia Involved:
Southwestern: Coronado Unified School District, Southwestern Community College District, Sweetwater Union High School District
Counselors were in need of a tool to help define program pathways to students, as not all program pathways both within member districts and among consortium members had previously been defined. Students needed to be better informed as to the multiple entry and exit points along a given pathway, and how programs linked from adult education programs to college programs.
Counselors defined each adult ed program pathway that are offered at their respective member districts, and identified the multiple entry and exit points for each program pathway. Once those program pathways were defined, they were linked together as a consortium-wide educational roadmap. The educational roadmap will serve as the starting point to further develop linkages among consortium members in the areas of orientation, assessment, placement, educational planning, and support services. The resulting linkages will be in support of the consortium's "no wrong door" policy, where students would be referred to the appropriate programs and services that they need, regardless of where in the consortium those programs and services are offered.
Counselors now have a better understanding of each member agency's programs and services, including services for adults with disabilities, and are better equipped to assist students reach their college and career goals. Sweetwater Adult Ed Counselors have created and given presentations to classes, informing all students of the variety of program pathways available to them in the consortium. In addition, they have adapted Southwestern College's Authorized Academic Accommodations form to better support adults with disabilities. Southwestern College is in the process of revamping the continuing education application, in order to better track students in transition from adult ed.
Counselors have seen an increase in student requests for educational planning as a result of the classroom presentations, especially an increase in ESL students. Students have reported that they were previously unaware of the variety of college and career options available to them, both at their current member district and at other member districts.
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