New campaign in Michigan prioritizes family literacy

A new campaign in Flint, MI, calls for improving literacy among families in the community.  The initiative is housed at Mott Community College and was launched by the Flint and Genesee County Literacy Network, founded on the idea that literacy is both an equalizer and catalyst for improved public safety, economic growth, quality of life, and more.  Starting at the college, groups will provide tutoring and mentoring to community members, and it is anticipated that future groups will be established.  This initiative is also very important to the college because of the near 60% of students who arrive underprepared for college-level math and reading.  Administrators believe addressing family literacy issues may also impact these dev ed students.  The program is currently in the pilot phase at a local enrichment center.

Source: MLive Media Group


Changes at Colorado community college offer new pathways

The Adult Learning Assistance Program (ALAP) at Colorado Northwestern Community College previously housed developmental education and adult basic education, or ABE.  As students returned to the classroom this Fall, they were greeted with a new center and new pathways.  The former ALAP Center was renamed the Gateway Center and the dev ed and ABE programs were separated.  The ABE program is focusing efforts on helping students earn GEDs, recently launched an ESL program, and aims to facilitate students’ readiness for the workforce.  Meanwhile, the dev ed program strives to offer a quicker path for students to become college ready; previously, dev ed coursework could take up to two years.

Source: Craig Daily Press