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College Transitions Online Course

Posted on 03/11/2008

World Education in Boston sponsors a number of online courses for adult educators, some of which are self-paced and free. Others are facilitated by an expert in the field and have a fee of $149. One of these facilitated courses is “Research-based Strategies and Models for Adult Transitions to Postsecondary Education.” The course is taught by Sandy Goodman, Director of the New England College Transition Project of the National College Transition Network. The course will begin with a 90-minute conference call on April 17, 2008, and continue online until June 5.

Participants will read and discuss the research on the changing workforce and examine the reasons why adult learners need to go beyond the GED and English language study to advance their earning potential. Participants will also learn about the challenges facing adult students in postsecondary education and investigate strategies and program models that support adult transitions to postsecondary education. Throughout the course, participants will gather local and regional data on the labor market, educational needs, and academic programs and support services offered by area colleges to guide future program development and planning.

Objectives
Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify the economic factors that point to the need for education and training beyond the GED and English language study.
  • Describe key challenges adult learners face, particularly under-prepared students, in accessing and persisting in postsecondary education.
  • Describe a variety of strategies that contribute to persistence in postsecondary education.
  • Describe the key strengths and limitations of five models of adult transition.
  • Describe the economic and educational landscape in their local area.
  • Articulate the need for college transition programming to support the successful transition of adult learners to postsecondary education, based on national and local data.

A detailed course description and information on registration is now available.