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Archuleta County Education Center ramps up for a new year

The Education Center staff worked diligently this summer on what they do best — prepare for another year of special and innovative programs and services to benefit the residents of Archuleta County. The initial schedule of programs and activities are the following:

• Archuleta County High School: Students who have left school before receiving their diploma or GED may enroll to complete required credits to obtain a diploma, earn an ACT National Career Readiness Certificate, and obtain the new CareerReady Colorado Certificate. The ACHS program is designed with flexibility to allow for student work schedules and child care issues. Students must register by September 25 to qualify for this program. Call 264-2835 for an enrollment appointment.

• Community Education Classes: First Aid/CPR will be offered at the Education Center beginning Sept. 14 on the second Monday and Tuesday evenings of each month, except the month of December. Adult Computer classes for Basic Computer training will begin Sept. 15. Additional classes in MS Word, Excel, and QuickBooks, as well as other computer classes determined by the needs that surface in our community, will be considered and developed. Beginning Spanish may also be offered in the fall if enough community interest is expressed. A minimum of six students is required to constitute a class in any of the above programs.

• Elementary and Intermediate After School Tutoring and Enrichment Program: Constructive activities will be available for the elementary children Monday through Friday beginning Sept. 14. Course calendars will go home with the students the first week of school, and registration for the Elementary School will be through the Education Center. Constructive activities for the intermediate age children will begin the week of Oct. 12 following the first parent/teacher conferences. A new constructive activity course for intermediate age children is the Basic Crime Scene Investigation, and the calendars will go home with the students during September. Registration for the enrichment activities for the Intermediate School will be through the Education Center, and the Intermediate School tutoring registration may be through Leeann Skoglund or the Education Center.

• English Language Learners (ELL): Previously titled ESL, classes and schedules will be announced at a later date.

• General Equivalency Diploma (GED): Classes resumed August 10. The GED program also uses the WIN program so individuals can receive the National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC) and the CareerReady Colorado Certificate (CCC). Scholarships will be available for testing, and test preparation and tutoring offered by the Education Center will be free. Babysitting services on Tuesdays and Thursdays will also be free for children of the students enrolled in the GED program.

• ACT WorkKeys: An assessment program developed by ACT, Inc., a national testing organization that provides the National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC). The NCRC is useful for securing employment and in verifying skill levels of the examinee for use in identifying post-secondary training programs and college opportunities. Programs may include apprenticeships, community and technical college programs, the trades, or any other program that may be of interest to the student. All students who pursue a diploma with ACHS will earn this certification. An added bonus is the CareerReady Colorado Certificate that was signed into law by Governor Ritter on July 1. Students who qualify for the NCRC automatically qualify for this Colorado work certification.

• Worldwide Interactive Network (WIN): A tutorial program used to help the student increase their competencies in essential job skills identified by ACT, Inc. and score higher on the WorkKeys assessment. The WIN curriculum provides training in nine essential skill areas that employers across the nation have deemed necessary for successful job performance. ACT has profiled over 4,500 jobs, created a database of more than 1,400 job titles, and has identified the skill levels required for success in each job profiled. For example, if an individual wants to be an Auto Technician, this program identifies the skill levels required in order to be successful in an automotive technician program. If the assessment indicates that improvements are needed in any of the nine essential skill areas, WIN will provide the tutorials. WIN may be accessed through the Internet from the student’s personal computer seven days a week and/or the computers available at the Education Center during office hours. The WIN program is also a great training tool for employees that wish to improve job performance and become eligible for advancement.

For more information or to register for any of the above classes and programs, call the Education Center at 264-2835 or drop by the office located at 4th and Lewis streets. Office hours are Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to noon. We look forward to seeing you!