EDUCATION OFFERS TRANSITION TO COLLEGE CLASSES
NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development's Adult Education division is teaming up with the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) to offer transition classes for potential college students. The program, which is open to equivalency diploma holders as well as traditional high school graduates, is designed to provide a seamless entry into the Tennessee colleges and universities, and community colleges and/or technology centers in the Tennessee Board of Regents system.
Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley said, "Our Adult Education Program is one of the finest in the nation. We expect this new partnership with the Tennessee Board of Regents will benefit Tennessee's potential college students. The students who complete the transition classes will be better prepared to accept the academic and personal responsibilities exhibited by successful students."
Treva Berryman, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs with TBR said, "The Adult Education Transition Program illustrates how the State's limited resources can be maximized through partnerships that allow for the sharing of space, faculty, curriculum, and assessment tools. Some adults need only a refresher course in math, reading, and writing, along with some encouragement, to be prepared to return to college or increase their technical skills. This program will provide an option to help some people be ready to advance their education and job skills faster."
Transition classes, which will meet eight to ten weeks, will be conducted on select TBR campuses prior to each academic semester. The centerpiece of the transition class will be an academic skills component that will reinforce the academic competencies identified in the entry level classes at the community colleges and technology centers. In addition to the academic piece, participants will work with campus representatives from financial aid, admissions and career counseling
The Adult education program at Chattanooga State and the Athens-McMinn County program will conduct pilot classes at Chattanooga State and the Technology Center in Athens, respectively, this spring. It is projected that other adult education programs will develop partnerships with TBR institutions to offer transition classes in the fall of 2004.
ANDREW JOHNSON TOWER, 8TH FLOOR