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Education Alternatives

Gateway to College

Gateway to College is designed for young adults ages 16-24 who have dropped out of high school or are significantly behind in credits for their age and not on track to graduate. This program is a national initiative brought to Flint through a partnership between Mott Community College and the Flint Community Schools. The program allows students to complete their high school diploma requirements on a college campus while simultaneously earning college credits towards a degree or certificate.

Students are placed into small learning communities during their first semester(s), and together they take classes in reading, writing, math and college skills. Upon completion of the “Foundation” courses students transition and begin taking classes with the general student population. All classes are conducted on Mott Community College campus and are taught by college faculty. Students are simultaneously working toward a high school diploma and a college degree or certificate.

This program reintroduces youth to education, acclimates students to a college environment, builds their basic skills, improves their academic habits, reinforces their motivation, and prepares them for college success.

During their enrollment in the program, students receive wrap-around support, one-on-one advising, and mentoring from Resource Specialists who will keep students on track for high school completion, while at the same time assisting them with transitioning to post-secondary education. Once students have completed their high school diploma requirements they will graduate from the Gateway to College program.

Since 2003, Gateway to College has evolved from a single-site program into a national network of 35 colleges in 20 states partnering with more than 125 school districts. MCC is excited to become part of Gateway to College National Network and the first community college in the State of Michigan to implement the Gateway to College program.

Operation Fast Break

Operation FastbreakIs an intensive 8-wk. computer-assisted accelerated learning/work preparation module for individuals, ages 18 and older. The intent of the program is to increase and strengthen participants' literacy and academic skills. Those who complete the program are prepared for either entry-level employment or entry into post-secondary education.

Participants learn basic computer functions and skills such as word processing, office presentations and spreadsheets. They also learn workplace etiquette, habits and attitudes. Participants gain the necessary skills and knowledge to compete and be successful in today's workforce.

Employers of Operation Fast Break graduates will be getting employees who possess certified math and reading skills, who are punctual, who have survived in a professional environment under strict scrutiny, and who are drug-free. In addition, students who graduate from the program have shown that they can learn on their own and work effectively as members of a team.

GED/ABE Preparation/Literacy Skills Enhancement Program

This GED Preparation program is an alternative to the traditional GED program. The intent of the program is to prepare participants to take and successfully pass the GED exam. The curriculum is designed to help participants improve their basic literacy and workplace skills through the use of technology. It allows for the development and demonstration of a performance-based Adult Education/GED preparation program design that accelerates learning rates and is offered in an open entry-open exit format. A combination of instructional techniques designed to match the learning styles, interests of adult learners and engage participants in intensive learning situations is utilized. Upon passing the GED exam, participants are prepared to pursue personal goals.

Student’s goals may be post-secondary education enrollment, personal achievement of a G.E.D., employment in a job, or advancement to a better job. Work Keys standardized assessment tests are used to measure program outcomes as they relate to determining participant progress toward achieving the established goals in an individual learning plan.

Computer Repair Training/A+ Certification Program

CTCPrepares participants for work as computer repair technicians. The training program covers 320 hours of hands-on repair work combined with computer based tutorials and lab time over a 16-week period. The training is also designed to prepare the participants to take and pass the A+ Certification exams. As a program incentive, participants build their own state-of-the-art computer which is theirs to keep upon completion of the program. Participants earn a Computer Repair Competency Certificate upon program completion.

The Computer Repair program is the first step for individuals seeking to advance in the technology job market. Individuals with computer repair knowledge and A+ Certification can expect to find employment as a technical support representative or repair technician in the growing technology job market.

Direct Care Worker/Community Mental Health Training

The Direct Care Worker/Community Mental Health Training is a certificate program designed to prepare the participant to care for individuals in the following settings: Assisted Living, Private Home, and Group Home. Upon successful completion of this86 hour program, each participant will be Direct Care Worker Certified, Adult CPR & First Aid Certified.

Work Keys Service Center

Provides a job analysis profile, skill assessment, and instruction services with eight assessments. The Work Keys System works with employers to determine the skill requirements of jobs, to determine the current skills of employees, and to help educators/trainers as they assist learners in improving their skills.

May 31, 2016
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