College and Career Readiness
College and Career Readiness programs are provided for students with low basic education skills in writing, reading, math, computer literacy, and communication. Students who receive these services include low-skilled adults, individuals with disabilities, family literacy program participants, youth, ex-offenders, and English language acquisition students. Goals may include completing adult high school, or obtaining a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent, and/or earning employment related credentials necessary for post-secondary education or employment success. Coursework is based on The NCCCS College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education by the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE).
Transitions programs and services using adult education career pathways and other platforms are also provided, and are aligned with adult education content standards, postsecondary education completion goals, college entry readiness, life skills, and employment instruction and training. They include academic instruction, non-academic services, and support for students to ensure student success and transition to postsecondary career and employment options. Transitions programs may also include integrating career awareness, bridge instruction, transitions academies, and computer skills. Current career occupation pathways based on projected Region C Workforce Development employment trends include: Advanced Manufacturing, Health Sciences, and other pathways such as, Nursing Assistant, Early Childhood Education, Computer Information Technology; Welding Technology; and others.
A student may register at any scheduled orientation held at NC Works/Ford Miller Employment and Training Center, 316 Baldwin Avenue, in Marion, throughout the semester and attend the class which is most convenient to their schedule. All classes are fee-waived and texts are provided for in-class use in the following CCR programs:
Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Adult Basic Education is a program of instruction designed for adults who function below the high school level. Instruction is offered in reading, writing, math, and English.
Adult Secondary Education (ASE)
Adult Secondary Education is a program of instruction (9.0 grade level and above or the equivalent) designed to prepare adults for further education or transition toward skill obtainment and employment. Adult Secondary Education includes the Adult High School (AHS) Diploma program and the High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma program.
Adult High School (AHS)
The Adult High School Diploma program consists of classroom instruction, learning laboratory courses, distance education, or a combination of instructional methods which deliver the course objectives required to earn an Adult High School Diploma. The AHS Diploma Program is offered cooperatively with the local public school system to help adults earn an Adult High School Diploma. Diplomas are issued cooperatively by the community college and the local public school system. Official transcripts are maintained and issued by MTCC.
Required Credits - Colleges must offer at least the minimum number of credits required for graduation by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/curriculum/home/graduationrequirements.pdf (link is external). Electives are selected from a variety of program offerings and structured so that students develop a range of skills which qualify them to succeed in the labor market or to enter technical, vocational, or college transfer programs. There is no cost to students for courses. However, a minimal graduation fee may be required.
For more information, see Adult High School
High School Equivalency (HSE)
The High School Equivalency Diploma program offers instruction to assist learners in preparing to successfully pass a designated high school equivalency test. This test is designed to document knowledge and skills equivalent to that of a graduating high school senior. A high school equivalency diploma is issued from the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges upon successful completion of the complete battery of tests.
For more information, see www.mcdowelltech.edu/HSE.html
English Language Acquisition (ELA)
Integrated English literacy and Civics Education (IEL/CE)
Integrated English literacy and civics education is education services provided to English language learners who are adults, including professionals with degrees and credentials in their native countries, that enables such adults to achieve competency in the English language and acquire the basic and more advanced skills needed to function effectively as parents, workers, and citizens in the United States. Services include instruction in literacy and English language acquisition and instruction on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic participation, and may include workforce training. Students may register at any ELA class.
All classes are offered at a variety of times and locations. For more information, contact the Director of College and Career Readiness at 828-652-0657 or check the current list of classes by clicking on the link below. Those interested in attending an orientation can sign-up by calling 828-659-6001.