WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) – The News Channel 6 City Guide is a segment that highlights local businesses, events, and nonprofits in your communities. In this episode, we spotlight the Region 9 Adult Education and Literacy Program. This is a program that offers in-person and distance learning for GED preparation, GED classes. English as a second language and much more in a region of eleven countries.
âWe offer GED preparation courses. We offer ESL or ESL courses, career path courses in partnership with Vernon College, NCTC. We also offer TSI preparation courses for students going to university. They have to pass, many of them have to take an entrance exam. So we prepare them for that with math and reading lessons, âsaid Janis Heebner, Adult Education and Literacy Program Coordinator.
The College and Career Path Navigator helps students plan for their future by guiding them every step of the way.
âMy job is actually to help students make the transition from getting their high school equivalency or, whether they are an ESL professional, to a certificate program or a program. two years in the college where they decide to go. Xochitl Pruit, University and Career Path Navigator, said. “I help them with their papers, navigate them and just make sure things are easy for them.”
We spoke to students who agree that Region 9 and the Adult Education and Literacy Program have helped them succeed.
âA friend of mine came over here and did some online classes with them and I explained that I wanted to get my GED and she sent me over here,â said Cinda Jimenez, a student in the program. âOne of the reasons I even started was because of my son. Without it, I wouldn’t have done it. He explained to me that he couldn’t understand why he had to go to high school if I didn’t finish high school. So, I said, ‘You finish and I’ll have my GED.’ So that’s what I did. I have proven that I can do it.
During the pandemic, the program switched to distance learning. While in-person classes are once again offered, distance learning is here to stay.
âIt’s very successful. […] We serve 11 counties. So that’s one way for us to serve all of those counties. As long as students have a laptop and internet service at home, they can connect to our zoom courses from [anywhere] around our eleven counties that we serve, âHeebner said. âYou know, there are students in these small rural towns who don’t have transportation or their work schedule doesn’t allow them to travel 45 minutes or 30 minutes to get to class two evenings a week. They can work from home [and] our teachers are wonderful.
Classes will start this fall. For more information, call (940) 322-6928 or visit ESC9.net/AEL. If you would like your business, event, or non-profit organization to be featured on the News Channel 6 City Guide, contact us at [email protected] or (940) 757-0691.
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