SHAPE 2005 SHAPE (South Hennepin Adult Programs in Education) is a consortium providing adult basic education programs to the Bloomington, Richfield, Eden Prairie, and Edina School Districts.
SHAPE Programs and Services • ABE/ESL • GED • Adult Diploma Options • Volunteer Services and tutoring • Administration of <21 ALC
Program Data 2004/2005 • Diploma Programs • A total of 99 SHAPE students completed their diploma work (Adults = 43, <21= 56 ) • GED Completion • A total of 77 SHAPE students completed at least some of their GED testing requirements • ABE/ESL Services • SHAPE served 3,434 ABE/ESL students • Total contact hours: 248,823
Additional Data • Volunteer Services • Involved 220 volunteers in classroom support, small group tutoring, and/or conversation groups. • Provided a total of 8,994 hours of supplemental service to students outside the classroom. • Volunteer hours of participation: 9,448 • To date in 2005/2006 – we’ve added 35 new volunteers and our contact hours are up 1,056 hours over the previous year
Assessment of ‘04 Strategies • Complete transition of MQ to NSO Online • By the end of ’03 all MQ “students in progress” had completed their course work and/or been referred to NSO. • During ‘04 SHAPE staff developed the curriculum for and taught eight online classes (Language Arts, Social Studies, and Health/Phy Ed.) • A total of 112 students registered for the courses being taught by SHAPE/Bloomington instructors. • Assessment of NSO Involvement • Quality curriculum taught by licensed teachers in their area of expertise • A viable learning option for a variety of students • Funding and legislative efforts have lagged behind and/or hampered the fiscal viability of online diploma courses in Minnesota • No funding for partially completed courses • No funding for students not registered in a public school the previous year • NSO applied for but did not initially receive a grant to fund curriculum development, marketing and student counseling. • Student/teacher ratios were not sustainable • Current status: Under review (new grant, end of one-year “leave”)
Assessment of ‘04 Strategies • Establish SHAPE as a leader in providing WESL to area businesses • Currently working with two area businesses (MicroDynamics and GN Resound) • Presented WESL Informational sessions in partnership with various MN Dept of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Workforce Centers. • Wrote and received a $40,000 Workforce Investment Act grant to facilitate WESL implementation • Assessment of WESL Efforts • Have maintained good working relationship with current clients. • Have not experienced rapid growth in this area. • Current Status: This continues to be a potential growth area and fits the current funding emphasis on developing participant “employability skills.”
Assessment of ‘04 Strategies • Explore new programs such as a Work Study Program to help rebuild ADM’s in <21 • Hired and share properly credentialed staff with Beacon. • Allows students additional options for fulfilling their full-time student requirement • Enhances employability, career exploration, and job seeking skills. • Assessment: Addition of this option has been successful. Student ADA is near 80% -- up from 57.7% the previous year. • Current Status: We hope to continue this program option. It will become even more critical in retaining students as we rebuild or student base.
Assessment of ‘04 Strategies • Further expand Volunteer Services • Overall volunteer numbers are down (fewer volunteers and less contact hours); program is currently re-building • SHAPE still has one of the largest and most structured volunteer programs in the state. • Assessment: Funding situation has forced us to reduce the Volunteer Budget. Staff does an incredible job with limited resources. • Current Status: SHAPE continues to be committed to and values its dedicated volunteers. We will continue to seek ways to ensure this remains a viable part of our ABE/ESL program.
Goals and Strategies ’05/’06 • Develop a more sustainable program model that better fits current funding trends. • Conduct a survey/assessment of best practices in comparable consortia. • Conduct a cost/benefit-type analysis of each SHAPE operational function, instructional site, and program.
Goals and Strategies ’05/’06 • Emphasize the need to facilitate and track adult student progress. • Review classroom materials and instructional content to ensure they appropriately address competencies students will be tested on. • Review testing frequency and reporting procedures. • Develop alternative learning models (such as conversation groups) for students not demonstrating ongoing progress.
Goals and Strategies ’05/’06 • Continue to support and assess the success of the new model initiatives implemented in <21. • Through Volunteer Services and WESL initiatives continue to seek new community and business-centered opportunities to provide ABE/ESL services across our service area. • Program development: Explore opportunities to offer more targeted classes such as CNA and driver education for ESL learners. Also, consider expanding our math program. • Seek mutually beneficial partnerships with area workforce centers, Normandale Community College, and other organizations that share the mission of ongoing education, the development of employability skills, and the need for community integration.
SHAPE Summary • SHAPE continues be a major provider of ABE/ESL services. • We are fortunate to have some of the best classroom facilities in the state. • The <21 program has made great strides toward becoming a model ALC. • We continue to have one of the strongest volunteer programs in the state. • In 2005 we had two instructors and one administrator recognized for excellence by the Minnesota Literacy Council. • We’ve made measured progress in dealing with the challenge of decreased funding. • We’ve been willing to assess, and when needed, adjust our programming and staff to meet student needs.