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Adult Learning Academy

The Adult Learning Academy (ALA) is one of St. Louis Community College’s most innovative approaches to the redesign of developmental education. Funded through MoHealthWINs, a Department of Labor TAACCCT grant, the ALA workgroup leveraged the prior efforts of a faculty-led developmental education redesign team which established three guiding principles for advancing the College’s redesign of developmental education:

  • Semesterless/courseless
  • Contextualized/integrated
  • Immersion/higher touch

The Adult Learning Academy offers students an alternative to traditional development education course sequences in math, reading and writing. Offered as non-credit learning opportunities, ALA: Literacy and ALA: Pre-Algebra courses are:

  • Contextualized for healthcare
  • Integrated, with reading and writing delivered as one seamless course
  • Competency-based, aligned to the learning objectives and performance outcomes required of the credit developmental education courses
  • Technology-enabled, employing a hybrid format
  • Accelerated and self-paced
  • Semester-less, allowing for continuous, rolling admissions
  • High touch, intrusive student support realized through career pathway coaches and intrusive teaching through a team of faculty and educational assistants
  • Developed and taught collaboratively

The Adult Learning Academy is one of several developmental education pilots currently underway. Results, to date, are promising.  For example, between February 11 and August 23, 2013, 135 students started ALA: Pre-Algebra.  Sixty-one percent successfully completed the entire course with a mean time to completion of 5.6 weeks. For more information about the Adult Learning Academy, please contact Dianne Lee, Academic Lead MoHealthWINs, at dlee@stlcc.edu.

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This workforce solution was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The solution was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership.

Adult Learning Academy: Literacy

The Adult Learning Academy: Literacy course introduces the reading and writing skills employees need to communicate effectively in today’s workforce, where employers increasingly require mastery of literacy and communication skills for entry-level positions and for career advancement.  Students in the Adult Learning Academy: Literacy course develop their foundational literacy skills and improve their ability to transfer those skills from one context to another, to think critically, and to transition successfully to college coursework in pursuit of an academic credential.  Through a series of competency-based and portfolio-assessed learning experiences, students develop confidence in themselves as lifelong learners who can adapt to the changing demands of the workplace.  Successful completion of Adult Learning Academy: Literacy is an essential step on a pathway to career opportunity and advancement.

Adult Learning Academy: Pre-Algebra

The Adult Learning Academy: Pre-Algebra course reinforces the numeracy skills needed to compete effectively in today’s workforce.  Employers increasingly require mastery of basic skills, including mathematics, for entry-level positions and for career advancement.  Students in the Adult Learning Academy: Pre-Algebra course develop their foundational arithmetic skills, improve their ability to solve problems, and successfully transition toward college coursework in pursuit of an academic credential.  Through a series of competency-based experiences, students develop confidence in themselves as lifelong learners who can adapt to the changing demands of the workplace.  Successful completion of Adult Learning Academy: Pre-Algebra is an essential step on a pathway to career opportunity and advancement.

 
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This workforce solution was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The solution was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership.