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.
Make informational presentations and flyers available at local GED testing sites.
Distribute informational flyers throughout the community.
Make presentations about the program at GED graduation services.
Use successful students to provide program information to potential students.
Include information about the program in newsletters and articles.
The transition program begins with intake. During the intake process the student is interviewed and completes an application for admission. The interview allows staff to assess the student’s academic skills and their readiness to be admitted in the program by reviewing barriers such as, child care issues and employment status that may affect the student’s ability to succeed in higher education. The application for admission should capture pertinent information on the student’s career goals, employment status, educational background, legal history, childcare issues, household income (will help identify if the student is eligible for financial aid), and physical or mental barriers that may affect the student’s attendance and participation in the course.
Student orientation is an essential element in explaining the program. A clear understanding of expectations will better prepare the student for making sound decisions and successfully completing the program.