Basic Skills Plus & Accelerating Opportunity
Basic Skills Plus and Accelerating Opportunity are two initiatives that help Basic Skills students transition to post-secondary education and jobs with family sustaining wages. Formerly, such students followed a linear progression through basic and secondary education before enrolling in college-level courses. This initiative integrates Basic Skills and occupational education to accelerate students more rapidly through completion of a credential of value in the local labor market. The System Office has two major desired outcomes for these initiatives: the implementation of Basic Skills Plus in all 58 colleges by 2014 and the utilization of Accelerating Opportunity colleges as mentors to other colleges in the state throughout the grant period.
Basic Skills Plus
In 2010, building on more than ten years experience with Pathways to Employment programs, which funded local programs to integrate occupational short term courses and Basic Skills, the System Office created Basic Skills Plus to provide full integration of adult secondary instruction (GED and Adult High School), with college occupational education (both curriculum and continuing education), and employability skills. In July 2010, the North Carolina General Assembly adopted a budget bill with provisions enacted to support Basic Skills Plus. In November 2010, the first two colleges were approved by the State Board of Community Colleges to provide Basic Skills Plus programs. In November 2012, 43 colleges have been approved by the State Board to offer Basic Skills Plus, which is considered the umbrella program for transition programs for Basic Skills students in North Carolina’s community colleges.
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Like Basic Skills Plus, Accelerating Opportunity is an initiative designed to integrate Basic Skills and occupational education; however, it is not limited to students at the adult secondary education level. This grant also serves students enrolled in English as a Second Language (ESL) and students with English and math skills from the sixth to ninth grade levels. Accelerating Opportunity also differs from Basic Skills Plus in that it targets specifically curriculum programs, not continuing education. In July 2012, nine colleges were given funding to develop Accelerating Opportunity pathway programs. These colleges serve as “lab schools” in which to develop activities that could strengthen Basic Skills Plus programs at all colleges.
Colleges that received Accelerating Opportunity funding include: Blue Ridge Community College, Caldwell Technical Institute and Community College, Central Piedmont Community College, College of the Albemarle, Davidson County Community College, Richmond Community College, South Piedmont Community College, Wake Technical Community College, and Wilkes Community College.
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Most Recent Activity Report
Accelerating Opportunity April 2013Friday, April 26, 2013 - 10:34
Basic Skills Plus
- Survey North Carolina community based organizations receiving federal funding for Basic Skills to learn what transitions initiatives are currently being employed and how lessons learned from Basic Skills Plus may be applied to their programs.
- Technical assistance webinars for colleges applying for Basic Skills Plus programs for the first time will be concluded in May.
- A white paper on experiential/service-learning for career pathway programs has been submitted for internal approval.
- Host a webinar session for participating Accelerating Opportunity Colleges to discuss Lessons Learned from National I-BEST Conference.
- Expand Accelerating Opportunity integrated instruction in the state.
Basic Skills Plus
- A webinar was conducted on April 4 and April 18 to assist colleges that are applying for Basic Skills Plus programs for the first time.
- Basic Skills Plus mid-year reports are being analyzed by System Office staff members.
- Promising practices in Basic Skills Plus have been identified through the mid-year reports.
- A white paper on experiential/service-learning for career pathway programs is being revised.
- Integrated instruction (Team Teaching and Contextualized Instruction required)
- Serving low performing adult learners (grade levels 6 and above0
- Integrated student support services
- Planned career pathways that reflect the employment and skill training needs of the local and regional economy
- Collaboration with college leadership, curriculum, student support and financial aid, workforce development, community organizations that support increased skills and employment opportunities for adult learners
- Scaling up and sustainability
- Planning supports for the AO Colleges: Braided Funding; and professional development needs of AO College staffs; student support services.
- Participated in Data Initiative for Student Support Services for Accelerating Opportunity Colleges-Asheboro NC.
- Planned virtual site visits for three Accelerating Opportunity Colleges.
Basic Skills Plus
- Promising practices in Basic Skills Plus will be compiled and shared with the field.
- A paper summarizing Basic Skills Plus will be drafted and submitted to the Journal Innovations Showcase.
- Technical assistance and professional development for Basic Skills Plus colleges based on responses to the mid-year report will be provided.
- A webinar on using data to improve Basic Skills Plus programs will be presented in May.
- A Knowledge Break on Basic Skills Plus will be presented at the System Office on May 1.
- Schedule contextualized professional development training for AO instructional teams.
- Conduct career pathway reviews which will allow AO colleges to increase opportunity to provide integrated instruction for additional certification and occupations, i.e. employment at a sustainable living wage.
Meetings: AO College Site Visits and AO Meeting
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