The Butler Community College Adult Education Program is continuing to expand

The Butler Community College Adult Education Program is continuing to expand and evolve its opportunities.

One change coming soon to the program is the addition of some community courses, held in the afternoons, with each lasting three weeks.

They have three courses coming up, Technology Made Easy, WorkReadiness Skills Prep and Tightwadery: Making Your Dollar Stretch.

“It is pretty intensive but they will walk out fully confident in everything they studied,” said Amanda Harms, office manager.

The first class will be on technology and will begin Feb. 3. It will be an introductory computer course for those who need a basic understanding of the computer. People can still sign up for this course by calling 316-323-6074 up until the day it starts.

Beginning in March will be the WorkReadiness class, which will as sist people in preparing for the WorkyReady tests.

The final class, Tightwadery, will open in April and will help students develop a plan to improve their current financial situation by reducing current expenses and allowing for reallocating of funds toward current debt, future expenses or savings.

“We’re just trying to reach a different demographic than our traditional adult education students,” Harms said. “It is helping us to meet the needs of the community.”

In general, the program offers day and blended classes. Blended classes include 12 hours of online work and six hours with an instructor a week. These are currently being offered in El Dorado to help adults prepare to take their GED as well as earn Work Ready Certificates so they can go on to college or get technical training. Classes include reading, science, social studies and math, as well as work study skills and technology skills.

Each session is five weeks long. For those who miss the start of a session there is a jump start program which offers an open lab with an instructor available in the afternoons for people to come in and work on their own to prepare for the upcoming session or get their certificates completed.

ABE Instructor Leon Moore said attendance in classes is critical because they move quickly.

Moore said they have seen a steady number of students, which mostly includes people in their 20s, although they have had students as young as 16 and well into their senior years.

Soon they will be starting a Star Class, which will be held in the mornings and focuses on reading.

Butler offers outreach programs in Andover and Wichita, as well as some satellite classes in other communities, such as Marion and Council Grove.

The program also has made updates to the GED prep course to be ready for the 2014 GED test, which has changed.

“They have changed it for this year making it more critical thinking skills and upgrading the math test,” said Larry McNown, Andover center adult ed instructor.

Michelle Murray, adult ed instructor with the Wichita Workforce Center, said the goal was to make the GED more challenging and have people be more college ready.

To help prepare people for the GED they regularly test them to see where they need to focus. A person can also take one portion of the GED at a time if they choose, as long as they are all passed within a two-year time period.

The tests also are now all on the computer so there are instant results, but a person still has to go to a testing center to take it.

The Adult Ed program also helps students transition to college by helping them get started on financial aid, learn about programs offered and scholarships.

Heidi Davison, transition coach, works with the students.

“For some, I serve as their advisor all through college,” she said.

She also tries to incorporate activities to make them successful students, such as when she fills in for a teacher. These skills include accepting self-responsibility, discovering self-motivation, mastering self-management, employing interdependence, gaining self-awareness, adopting life-long learning, developing emotional intelligence and believing in themselves.

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