Basic skills, job training are team effort

The Dallas Urban League and El Centro College (ECC) are partnering on a program that combines basic skills, English fluency and job training, reports Community College Times.  Using a state Adult Basic Education Innovation Grant, ECC will offer classes to 150 students with very low reading, writing and math skills.

During the first year, students in the program will receive training at Dallas Urban League facilities in basic workplace skills, such as computer applications and workplace vocabulary, along with developmental courses in English and math. Instruction will be provided by both ECC faculty and Urban League staff.

At the end of the year, the students will be enrolled at ECC ready to start college-level work leading to a certificate in welding, office support, transportation and material moving, health care or another high-demand occupation.

Some ECC enrollees lack sixth-grade reading skills, said Pyper Wilkins, executive dean. The new program will be geared to adults. “They could be high school dropouts, high school graduates who never tried to go to college, or the recently unemployed who realize they can’t really do anything without more training.”

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the National Urban League have pledged to work together on job training.