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The Transitions Academy is designed to assist colleges and partnerships working on developing Bridge and ICAPS (Integrated Career and Academic Preparation System) programs by increasing awareness of the expanding partnership between Adult Education and Career and Technical Education as it relates to the ICAPS model, Accelerating Opportunity, Illinois Bridge programs, and Illinois Programs of Study. The Transitions Academy is designed to assist colleges and partnerships working on developing Bridge and ICAPS (Integrated Career and Academic Preparation System) programs.



Thursday, August 15, 2013

Lewis & Clark Community College holds GED to College Fair

From the Edwardsville Intelligencer—August 6, 2013

Lewis & Clark Community College’s Adult Education department recently held a GED to College Fair, which highlighted programs designed to help those without a high school diploma or GED earn college credit while obtaining their GEDs.

“Lewis & Clark offers a variety of outstanding programs for those looking to earn a GED and college credit at the same time,” said Val Harris, associate dean of Adult Education. “When students complete these programs, they are enrolling and succeeding in college at much higher rates than their peers, according to preliminary data.”

Parents Now, a nonjudgmental teen parent organization based in Bethalto, brought some if its members to the fair. More than 50 families participate in Parents Now, which provides education and parenting classes for teen parents.

“The percentage of girls and guys that we serve who do not have their high school diploma is high,” said Tara Trent, a Parents Now leader. We brought them to the GED to College Fair to show them that there are great opportunities for them like earning their GED and learning a trade along the way.”

Some of the GED programs offered at Lewis & Clark transition into dental hygiene, dental assisting, exercise science, nursing, nurse assisting, occupational therapy assisting, paramedicine, medical assisting, automotive technology, computer network security and administration, drafting/CAD technology, process operations technology, and welding.

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