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They Are College Material!. Presented by Trish Schneider Jefferson County Public Schools Adult and Continuing Education. What is Your Purpose?. Are you preparing the students for an exam or are you providing an education?. Why Do They Come to You?. Keep a job Find a job

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they are college material

They Are College Material!

Presented by

Trish Schneider

Jefferson County Public Schools

Adult and Continuing Education

what is your purpose
What is Your Purpose?
  • Are you preparing the students for an exam or are you providing an education?
why do they come to you
Why Do They Come to You?
  • Keep a job
  • Find a job
  • Earn more money
  • Be an example for their children
  • Court-ordered
how does this help your program
How Does this Help Your Program?
  • Helps meet the performance indicator of students entering postsecondary education
  • Retains more students
  • Attracts more than GED students
the ged class of 2005
The GED Class of 2005
  • GED graduates are the largest incoming KCTCS class*
  • KCTCS schools with GED as the largest incoming freshmen class for Fall 2005:
    • Big Sandy Community and Technical College
    • Bluegrass Community and Technical College
    • Gateway Community and Technical College
    • Hazard Community and Technical College
    • Jefferson Community and Technical College
    • Maysville Community and Technical College
    • Somerset Community and Technical College
    • Southeast Community and Technical College
    • West Kentucky Community and Technical College

*KY CPE July 18, 2006

the need for remediation
The Need for Remediation*
  • 53% of Kentucky students need at least one remedial course in college
    • 44% need remediation in math
    • 32% need remediation in writing
    • 25% need remediation in reading

*Source: KY CPE

start tomorrow
Start Tomorrow!
  • Change the atmosphere
    • post college and career posters
    • scheduled classes
  • Incorporate work and college into your discussions
  • Introduce college vocabulary (syllabus, term, transcript, etc.)
  • Encourage note-taking
  • Call local colleges for recruitment material
for the ged and beyond
For the GED and Beyond
  • Managing test anxiety
  • Test-taking tips
  • Learning styles
  • Study skills
  • Time management skills
  • Technology skills
what works for our students
What Works for Our Students
  • Focused educational planning for students
  • Small-town or rural location
  • Small class size
  • Special advising
  • Structured support and retention programs (ex. First Year Experience courses)

Source: Pell Institute

goal setting
  • Link career goals with education
  • Take interest inventory and career quizzes at
  • Use the Occupational Outlook Handbook to research education needed for careers
placement exams
Placement Exams
    • used by KCTCS
    • use the TABE/COMPASS concordance table
    • Reading, Writing, Math and ESL
  • CPAT
    • often used by career colleges
  • Accuplacer
    • often used by four-year colleges
  • Money!
    • Students can fill out federal financial aid forms online.
    • Encourage them to file in January or February even if they are unsure they will attend.
    • Free application workshops in your area: Call 1-800-4-FED-Aid
    • Review common errors
    • Scholarships:www.fastweb.comand
  • Disabilities
    • Free book from the Office for Civil


    • Watch video “College -You can DO IT!” at
    • Lessons from
    • Contact disability office at local colleges
incorporate higher education into lesson plans
Incorporate Higher Education into Lesson Plans
  • Math lessons
    • Use earnings charts as a math lesson
  • Writing lessons
    • Have them write about educational attainment, unemployment, etc.
    • Essay prompts dealing with education and goals
  • Reading lessons
    • Use college textbooks for reading comprehension assignments
  • Request a free copy of It’s My Life by emailing your name and address to: [email protected]

has resources for admissions, financial aid, study skills, etc.

  • This presentation and hand-outs are available at Click on “Transition to Postsecondary Education.”
  • Contact Trish Schneider: [email protected]