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1 Aligning the Arkansas Career Pathways with AO (Accelerating Opportunities) Sherry Organ- Career Pathways Coordinator Natasha Richards- Adult Ed Coordinator Co-coordinators for AO program


3 * Our school received a grant opportunity from the Arkansas Association of Two Year Colleges (AATYC) in March 2012. * The Vice Chancellor for ASU Searcy called a team planning meeting that consisted of several members of the campus.

4 * After several team meetings, the team decided this could be a win/win situation for students and our school because it: * Could increase our enrollment in college courses and in the Adult Education department. *Would allow those students that do not have a high school diploma or GED to enter college and get the GED at the same time. *Would allow students to learn basic skills while learning a trade that they are interested in.

5 * Dr. Eugene McKay, Chancellor of ASU- Beebe, received notification that we were one of four colleges chosen to participate in the Accelerating Opportunity initiative in the state of Arkansas.


7 * The Arkansas programs include welding, HVAC, medical records, cosmetology, machining, and mechatronics.

8 * Our Mission * Transforming lives through quality learning experiences * Takes the entire village for this to happen.

9 * We started the program in the Fall of 2013 with 2 programs. Our school chose the welding and HVAC pathways because they were high demand fields that we offered compressed courses in to allow students to complete in a year. WeldingHVAC

10 * We proposed two coordinators for our program: Sherry Organ – Career Pathways Coordinator Natasha Richards – Adult Education Coordinator * Duties would be divided among the coordinators, with the entire campus providing support for the program.

11 * The Adult Education department’s responsibility was to provide two full-time teachers who had been trained according to Accelerating Opportunity/I-Best models. * These teachers would provide ABE instruction to students within the Accelerating Opportunity program.

12 Brenda Jaynes AO – HVAC/ABE Instructor Jan Hill AO-Welding/ABE Instructor

13 * All students are given the TABE test to determine program eligibility. * Students without a high school diploma/GED are given time to come to the Adult Ed department for extra classes. * An Adult Ed instructor is assigned to the classroom at least 25% of the time. * Adult Ed instructor provides additional lessons in the content classroom on areas that students need additional assistance.

14 * For students interested in our program, we had to find one main starting point. On our campus, so many people are involved in this one program, but we knew we needed to find an entry route for our students to keep from losing them along the way. * So, where did we start?

15 * Logical place to start is with a program that is already in place that provides many services that can benefit the AO students. * Career Pathways

16 * Career Pathways is a grant funded program that provides marketable educational credentials to low income individuals for immediate entry into a high demand occupation or higher education.

17 * CPI began because there was TANF(Transitional Assistance for Needy Families) dollars not being spent in the state of Arkansas. * The planning committee came from ADHE, AATYC, DCE, DWS, DHS, and Southern Good Faith and came up with a plan to create the Career Pathways Initiative that would use the TANF dollars to address Arkansas’ education gap as a vehicle to close its economic gap. ADHE- AR Dept of Higher Education AATYC- AR Association of 2 year colleges DCE- Dept of Career Education DWS- Dept of Workforce Services DHS- Dept of Human Services

18 * Must be an adult caretaker, parent, or relative of a child living in the home under the age of 21. * TANF eligible (Transitional Assistance for Needy Families) * Earnings at the 250% of federal poverty level or less.

19 * Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) began in August 2005 at 6 Two year colleges and eventually was implemented in a total of 25 colleges.

20 * Tuition for college courses * Book loan program * Childcare assistance * Gas money * Tutoring * Soft skill training * Employability certificate

21 * One on one counseling with a case manager. * Job placement assistance * Job search * We are the cheerleader * We are the shoulder to cry on * We build relationships and partnerships * Provide students with resources within the school and in the community.

22 * Over 28,000 adults enrolled in CPI since 2005. * Over 26,000 certificates and degrees attained. * Over 5700 students went to work in Arkansas after obtaining a certificate or degree from 2009-2012. * Many have gone on to earn 4 year degrees.

23 * Students wanting to enter one of our AO programs are sent to Career Pathways first.(Even if they do not qualify for CPI assistance.) * We fill out a CPI application for demographic information while having a face to face conference to learn more about prospective student. * Student is given an individualized “To Do list” of the things that need to be taken care of.

24 To Do List John Doe *Gather all needed documents for FAFSA using the provided worksheet. Fill out Section 1, 2 and 4. (Tax year 2013) *Call Lakita in Financial Aid at 501 207-6253 to set up a time to go to her office and complete the FAFSA online. Her office is in the main building on hall 1 on the Searcy campus. *After you complete the FAFSA in Lakita’s office, tell them you need to apply for admission at ASU Beebe. *Someone there will help you apply for Admissions with ASU Beebe. **When filling out admissions application, you will be working toward a Certificate of Proficiency. Once you complete the GED this can be changed to a Technical Certificate. *Call me and let me know once you have completed the FAFSA and applied for admissions. *Will need to get you enrolled in class before this date. Sherry Organ- 501- 207-6243 Natasha Richards- 501-207- 6291

25 * Students are then taken to the Adult Ed department if they need a GED. * Student Services for: * financial aid application assistance *assistance completing the online ASUB application *assistance enrolling in classes

26 * This year, we worked for three 8 week terms in the Welding and HVAC programs. * We served 32 students, both with a high school diploma and without. * Two students enrolled in the Welding program who needed their GED - one earned their diploma in December 2013.

27 * Welding had 19 students *16 earned a certificate of proficiency *6 of those went on to earn a technical certificate * HVAC had 13 students *13 earned a certificate of proficiency *11 went on to earn a technical certificate

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