Much study has been
done in recent years about the way students are prepared for employment and the need for transformational change in the way that
education is delivered if these students are to succeed in today's economy.
In 2004, the "Breaking Through" research identified four barriers that account for the lack of success among low-skilled adult
students, as well as recommendations for overcoming those barriers:
Because education and training programs for adults discourage all but the most determined from completing a path to college,
reorganize colleges to establish links among programs so that students can easily navigate them for advancement.
Because most adult remedial programs proceed at a slow pace, without considering that many adults need to move quickly without
sacrificing content, accelerate the pace of learning so that students complete programs more quickly.
Because many adults with low literacy skills face multiple barriers to success, yet few pre-college programs provide support to
overcome those barriers, provide comprehensive supports that help students develop realistic plans and remain enrolled in and
attending school, particularly through difficult transition points.
Because there are almost no financial incentives for low-skilled adults to invest the time needed to become eligible for college,
assure a labor-market payoff by offering students intermediate credentials, jobs, and other quick economic rewards.
iCAN is a fast-track career and workforce certification student support program designed to help you find your career pathway and then to improve your reading, writing, and math skills in preparation for one of our exciting certification programs. Explore your career options through our Career Matchmaking workshops. Receive the training you need to certify for employment or advancement in a demand industry: renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and healthcare.
Characteristics of the program:
Targets out-of-school adults, 16 and older, scoring in the remedial range on math and English assessments (defined as 6th to 9th grade levels).
Uses diagnostic assessment and intake processes to determine the specific areas of academic deficiency.
Teaches academics in the context of employment in one of the state's defined Career Pathways.
Uses a curriculum focused on project-based activities, problem solving, critical thinking, and working as a team.
Provides "Wrap-around" counseling and support services to all students.
Provides career exploration, job readiness and job placement services to all students
Uses an "emporium" model of staffing: one supervising faculty member with additional instructors and lab tutors in an environmental
that allows students to proceed at their own pace.
Relies heavily on technology to deliver content throughout the program.
Includes open laboratories for individual, small group work and tutoring. The labs are to be open and staffed 60 + hrs/wk.
Registration is held four times a year.
Classes are held at times, days, and sites that best serve the students.
Students can choose a fast track option.
Students receive regular feedback on their progress from the staff.
Successful students earn a recognized work-readiness credential.
Successful students are prepared to test into developmental Math and English at the Community Colleges.