A New Beginning: AO in Arkansas. Aligning the Arkansas Career Pathways with AO (Accelerating Opportunities) Sherry Organ- Career Pathways Coordinator Natasha Richards- Adult Ed Coordinator Co-coordinators for AO program. Accelerating Opportunity at ASU-Beebe.
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Aligning the Arkansas Career Pathways with AO (Accelerating Opportunities)
Sherry Organ- Career Pathways Coordinator
Natasha Richards- Adult Ed Coordinator
Co-coordinators for AO program
Our school received a grant opportunity from the Arkansas Association of Two Year Colleges (AATYC) in March 2012.
After several team meetings, the team decided this could be a win/win situation for students and our school because it:
* Could increase our enrollment in college courses and in the Adult Education department.
*Would allow those students that do not have a high school diploma or GED to enter college and get the GED at the same time.
*Would allow students to learn basic skills while learning a trade that they are interested in.Why implement the AO program?
Dr. Eugene McKay, Chancellor of ASU-Beebe, received notification that we were one of four colleges chosen to participate in the Accelerating Opportunity initiative in the state of Arkansas.April 22, 2013
*ASU-Beebe *Cossatot Community College*College of the Ouachitas *Mid-South Community Collegehttp://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/maps/arkansas_map.html
The Arkansas programs include welding, HVAC, medical records, cosmetology, machining, and mechatronics.Arkansas AO
We started the program in the Fall of 2013 with 2 programs. Our school chose the welding and HVAC pathways because they were high demand fields that we offered compressed courses in to allow students to complete in a year.
Welding HVACASUB AO program
Sherry Organ – Career Pathways Coordinator
Natasha Richards – Adult Education Coordinator
The Adult Education department’s responsibility was to provide two full-time teachers who had been trained according to Accelerating Opportunity/I-Best models.
For students interested in our program, we had to find one main starting point. On our campus, so many people are involved in this one program, but we knew we needed to find an entry route for our students to keep from losing them along the way.
Logical place to start is with a program that is already in place that provides many services that can benefit the AO students.
Career Pathways is a grant funded program that provides marketable educational credentials to low income individuals for immediate entry into a high demand occupation or higher education.What is Career Pathways
CPI began because there was TANF(Transitional Assistance for Needy Families) dollars not being spent in the state of Arkansas.
ADHE- AR Dept of Higher Education
AATYC- AR Association of 2 year colleges
DCE- Dept of Career Education
DWS- Dept of Workforce Services
DHS- Dept of Human Services
Must be an adult caretaker, parent, or relative of a child living in the home under the age of 21.
Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) began in August 2005 at 6 Two year colleges and eventually was implemented in a total of 25 colleges.What is Career Pathways
Students wanting to enter one of our AO programs are sent to Career Pathways first.(Even if they do not qualify for CPI assistance.)
This year, we worked for three 8 week terms in the Welding and HVAC programs.
Welding had 19 students*16 earned a certificate of proficiency*6 of those went on to earn a technical certificate