We chose high demand technical courses that were being offered for credit in our computer and health career programs. We incorporated a flexible curriculum design and delivery method to serve the students but we ensured that the curriculum design would qualify to be converted to credit hours.
Collaboration with Community Partners
El Centro College (ECC), the first of 7 colleges in the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), in partnership with the Houston Community College System (HCCS), developed this website to provide an online resource manual to assist other colleges and GED sites in replicating a project that would successfully transition GED students to college level courses. We chose to use a "learning community" or paired course approach, where students were enrolled in a GED course as well as an introductory college level technical course.
Recruitment and retention activities are an important part of any Adult Education program. Collaboration with your community partners is essential. Getting your message out provides practitioners with information to promote your program and refer potential students. Suggested recruitment activities may include:
- Contact and make presentations about the program to local school district alternative high school programs, one stop centers, state public assistance and rehabilitation agencies, and other community-based organizations to develop a student referral system.