Tuesday, October 25, 2011

What’s Happening in the Resource Center? The Resource Coordinator can answer that question!

“There is a lot of movement in the resource center these days! Students are excited about learning and how the resource center can assist them with their goal of achieving their GED. Since the first quarter the foot traffic has resulted in 183 sets of feet entering trailer 4. We have had six students to come in for study purposes only, One study group facilitated by Mrs. Dropp (thanks!) and 2 independent study groups of 7 and 4 in attendance from Mrs. Riker’s class (thanks!). Students have received services such as sprucing up their resumes, one on one review of class notes and exercises (thanks Ms. Revels….they have been writing it down!). We also have a student from Venezuela that comes regularly to practice speaking English. The resource center has been utilized as intended the first quarter and I believe it will become busier since the word is getting around that the resource center is an important source to assist the students in reaching their goal of getting their GED! “
                                                Ms. Hayes

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Resource Center...Living Up to Our Vision

The Adult Education Center of Cobb County has a vision statement that says the following, "We are a community of lifelong learners where goals are achieved, challenges are met, and dreams are born and realized," and the Resource Center is in place to continue making this vision a reality. The Resource Center first is a bridge to connect the Adult Education Center community to resources that can assist students in reaching the goal of obtaining a GED (General Education Diploma). Next, the Resource Center is a place to return when needed to promote learning through reading books, becoming proficient with technology and utilizing other resources that can help upgrade skills if needed. Our vision for the students is that they reach their goals and the Resource Center is an important puzzle piece in the vision. The student can visit the center for a quiet place to study to assist in their journey of advancing to the next level to pass the GED. Finally, the Resource Center along with the staff are available for the students when they are faced with challenges and when dreams appear to be unreachable....the Resource Center is in place to make sure the vision is realized by the students and the staff.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Adult Education Gives Many an Opportunity to Restart!

There are many benefits in enrolling in an Adult Education program. It provides many with the opportunity to be a part of a dynamic program that offers classes for "free" and services needed to balance out the everyday demand. Here are just a few benefits:

  • The adult education experience is different.

  •  Many students work, have families.

  • Most of the students are between 20 and 40 years of age; but a large number are over 40 years of age.

  • Adults have a foundation of knowledge and can apply what they know to what they are learning, which makes learning easier.

  • Every year of education adds almost $10,000 a year to income. Over a 40-year period, that can add up to over $400,000 in a lifetime.

  • Students that complete the Adult Education Program have the skills needed to get their Georgia Work Ready Certificate, pass the college entrance test and get their GED diploma.

  • Upon completing ESL courses and requirements, former ESL students can make that seamless transition into the ABE/GED program.

  • A counselor helps direct students through the admission and financial aid process to enroll in the college.

  • There is no charge to enroll in the Adult Education Program.

                                The Cobb/Paulding County Adult Education Center Philosophy
    Believing that learning is a life-long process, the Cobb/Paulding Adult Education program dedicates itself to recognizing and developing the potential of each student. The staff and faculty lead students in the formation of educational goals. We believe that by giving each student a "restarting point" and providing a self-paced program to accomplish his/her goals, the student has the opportunity to be a productive and well-adjusted person.

    Come join us, and let us help you push the "RESTART" button! If you are a student here... that is good. If you encourage a friend to enroll... that is just great! If and when you share your success story with your family and friends...now that is "priceless!"

    We look forward to serving you.

    Wednesday, January 19, 2011

    Technolgy in the Classroom: Taking Teaching and Learning to the Next Level

    When students are using technology as a tool or a support for communicating with others, they are in an active role rather than the passive role of recipient of information transmitted by a teacher or  textbook, . The student is actively making choices about how to generate, obtain, manipulate, or display information. Technology use allows many more students to be actively thinking about information, making choices, and executing skills than is typical in teacher-led lessons. Moreover, when technology is used as a tool to support students in performing authentic tasks, the students are in the position of defining their goals, making decisions, and evaluating their progress.

    The teacher's role changes as well. The teacher is no longer the center of attention as the dispenser of information, but rather plays the role of facilitator, setting project goals and providing guidelines and resources, moving from student to student or group to group, providing suggestions and support for student activity. Technology use in the classroom provides endless opportunities of success for both teachers and students.