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Practices with Promise Success Story

Submitted By: Christine Hess, Solano Adult Education Consortium


Consortium creates postsecondary transition via college courses at adult school

  • Type of Practice: Partnerships & Collaboration
  • Targeted Population: Adult Secondary Education Students, English Language Learners, High School Diploma Students, High School Equivalency Students
  • Program Area(s): Adult Basic & Secondary Education
  • Consortia Involved:
    Sonoma County Adult Education Consortium: Benicia Unified School District, Dixon Unified School District, Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District, Solano Community College, Travis Unified School District, Vacaville Unified School District, Vallejo City Unified School District, Winters Joint Unified School District

The Challenge

The Solano Adult Education Consortium wanted to increase the number of students attending school-district based adult schools who successfully completed Solano Community College transferrable-credit courses, helping to create a smoother and more seamless transition from the adult school to the community college.

The Solution

To address the challenge, the consortium introduced four college courses – Business Math, Introduction to the Internet, Workplace Readiness, and Preparing for Math Success – that were offered at the adult schools but taught by both a Solano Community College instructor and a K-12 adult school teacher. Students who completed a course received full college credit. The college instructor delivered instruction, and the adult education teacher provided intensive tutorial support for the students to help ensure their success. These courses were offered at different K-12 adult school campuses at varying times to accommodate student needs.

Outcomes

The partnership was a success all around. For teachers, it was valuable because the co-teaching allowed them to complement each other’s teaching skills, and with two of them teaching one class, they were able to give students more one-on-one attention. For students, it was valuable because they were able to take a fast-paced course similar to what they would find in college – and they earned college credit that could be applied to their continued studies at Solano Community College. Additionally, teachers were able to coordinate the activities of each class to meet the needs of the students.

The Data

One hundred percent of participating students completed the course and earned full college credit, achieving the goal of the program.


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