Southern Oregon Goodwill® has teamed up with Klamath Community College to offer adult education, including GED® prep and ESL courses. The new program is growing quickly and KTVL News 10 visited Nov. 4 to update viewers. Here is the story.
Here is the full media release on the partnership.
An innovative partnership between Southern Oregon Goodwill Industries and Klamath Community College provides new resources for adults who seek improved career and educational opportunities by earning a GED certificate. Known as Klamath Center for Education & Training (KCET), the new program offers a full suite of assessments, online and in-person classes, and expert support in setting and meeting career and educational goals, all tailored for students 18 and older who left high school without graduating.
Klamath Community College and the Medford-based nonprofit that provides job training and employment programs signed a one-year contract in July to launch KCET as a pilot project. The program launched Sept. 19, and by the end of October, 59 students ranging in age from 18 to around 60 had enrolled. Students can enroll in the program at any time and individualize their courses to meet their personal and academic needs.
“They choose the path and we give them the resources,” said Southern Oregon Goodwill Director of Education Sandy Boatright, who heads KCET. “This is about eliminating barriers and directing them to the next step in their education or career.”
Through the KCET partnership, Southern Oregon Goodwill is offering its first English as a second language classes and an English-language civics course for immigrants preparing to become citizens.
After completing a streamlined registration process and online assessments, students seeking a GED can choose face-to-face instruction in morning, midday or evening sessions, or they can participate in a “virtual cohort” that works from home anytime with an instructor available by phone and email. Online and in-person instruction is available for each student, no matter which cohort is selected. A Goodwill employment specialist provides case management services, tracking each student’s progress, identifying challenges, and helping develop plans to overcome them. Help might include connecting students to agencies that assist with housing, child care and other details of daily life. In addition to counseling them through their studies, the employment specialist can help students look for work and prepare cover letters and resumes, or guide them to KCC resources to continue their education.
The community college is committed to helping adults earn a GED and transition to the next stage of academic or vocational success. The KCET partnership brings a new level of flexibility and support that aims to see 85 percent of enrolled students earn a GED, well above the state average of around 55 percent. Its on-campus location connects students to college and smooths the path to further academic studies, while its team approach, which includes instructors, employment specialists, and college navigators, clears barriers to college and career success.
Southern Oregon Goodwill launched GED-prep courses for people receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families in 2012 and now provides classes to referred clients, its employees and the general public in Jackson, Josephine, Douglas and Lake counties, in addition to the KCET program in Klamath County. If the pilot program succeeds, the KCC board could opt to renew it for up to five years, Boatright said.