Adult Education Programs

The following programs are available through the Adult Education Department at CCCUA:

Adult Basic Education (ABE) - Adult Basic Education is designed for the adult learner who wishes to strengthen reading, writing, math, or life-coping skills. The program offers basic instruction for adults functioning below an eighth grade level in reading, math, and/or language. Individuals are pre-tested to determine reading, math, and vocabulary entry levels.

GED/Adult Secondary Education (ASE) Program—Adult Secondary Education or General Education Development classes offer instruction to adults who are preparing to pass the GED exam or who desire to enhance essential skills. Five areas of instruction are provided: Language Arts Reading, Language Arts Writing, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics. Individual instruction is based on the student’s entry level and needs. Class enrollment/attendance is open-entry, open-exit. Program completion is attained with passing the GED tests and receiving an Arkansas High School diploma or by reaching an individual’s goal.

Workforce Alliance for Growth in the Economy™ (WAGE) Program—This program combines academic skills, computer technology, and workplace curriculum to meet the needs of local employers. Three types of certificate programs are provided-Employability, Industrial, and Clerical. Successful completion of the program results in a state-issued certificate, enhanced employability skills, and improved opportunity for selected jobs.

English as a Second Language—ESL classes are provided for adults whose native language is not English. Adults receive instruction in English and in learning how to cope in American society. Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced ESL classes are available. Some classes include instruction suggested by the US Immigration and Naturalization Service to prepare the student for the citizenship examination. The class format is open-entry, open-exit. ESL classes are offered at Cossatot East Adult Education Center, Pilgrim-Cossatot Learning Center, CCCUA Howard County Campus, and other sites as needed.

Basic Computer Literacy—Introduction to computer classes provided instruction in the operation of the computer, basic computer terminology, uses and applications, and provides a brief introduction to word processing. Computer Literacy is currently provided for students enrolled in adult education programs or workplace environments. Computer Literacy is designed to assist enrolled students in becoming literate in the use of technology as a learning tool and not to provide comprehensive training to achieve proficiency in specific software programs.

Employability Skills Course—This program provides training to enable adult learners to become better informed and more highly skilled for the changing world of work. The instruction provides a comprehensive grounding in the knowledge and skills learners need to succeed in the workplace.

Basic Keyboarding—The student will have a private typing tutor in this computer CD-ROM program. The student will get personalized exercises, exciting games, and instant feedback to improve typing proficiency.

ASSET/Compass Preparation-The student will have access to a private computer program to upgrade basic skills needed to successfully pass the Writing Skills, Reading Skills, and Numerical sections of the ASSET/Compass placement test.

Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) —The Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate is a certificate based upon the WorkKeys® assessments that demonstrates to employers that an individual possesses the basic workplace skills required for 21st century jobs. Areas tested include Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics, and Locating Information. Upon completion the student will receive a state-issued certificate in Bronze, Silver, or Gold that is signed by the Governor of Arkansas.

ASVAB Preparation—The ASVAB exam is a military entrance exam. The program provides training in the specific areas of the exam. Instruction is offered through CAI (Computer-Aided Instruction) or textbook.

For more information regarding Adult Education programs, contact Jennifer Black.

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