KC Receives Grant

August 15, 2013

KC is pleased to announce that the Adult Education and Literacy Department has received a $20,000 grant from the Accelerating Opportunity (AO) Affiliate College Network. Eight colleges in Illinois were chosen to develop an Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) approach to provide college access and support to Adult Basic Education (ABE) students so that they can earn a career/technical certification faster.

I-BEST pairs ABE and career/technical instructors in the same classroom to advance student-learning gains, to contextualize skills content, and to integrate learning outcomes. At Kaskaskia the partnership brings together Adult Education and the Nursing Department to develop a class for students seeking their GED credentials as well as Nurse Assistant Certification (CNA). All services for students related to this class will be free of charge.

Janet Garretson, Director of Nursing, said, “This is a great opportunity for students to accomplish their GED credentials and their CNA and to continue on a career pathway, building on that foundation by seeking additional certificates in the health care field.” Lisa Atkins, Director of Adult Education and Literacy, said, “The face of adult education has changed. No longer are we just interested in helping our students to earn their GED Credentials. Our mission is to assist them in earning their basic credentials so that they can transition to post-secondary education and/or employment and help re-build our economy.”

Members of the core team for development have already had a training session in Springfield. During the fall semester there will be further expansion of the design for this class. Implementation is planned for January, 2014.