Strategy 1.1: Reengagement in Education (Adult Basic Education, back to high school or HiSET attainment)
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Enrollment in Post-Secondary/Workforce Training
Story Behind the Curve
Some of the reasons the trendline may be going down:GED to HiSet shiftThe reputation that HiSet is a harder testpeople are unaware of what the HiSet is and that the GED is not the test for the high school equivalencylength of time to complete may also be causing people to not enrollmanaged enrollment and individual attitudes about school, returning to school, test takinglack of understanding of the value of a high school equivalency diplomalarge refugee communitylanguage barriersquality of teachers/consistent teachers/culturally competentNo longer having access to workforce/certificate programs without having diploma or equivalentNo or little infrastructure to help people prepare for HiSetTransportation/financial assess to DMACCLack of flexibilityNeed more support for mathSome other strategies that may change the trendline positively or negatively:Partnership with DMACCIncrease awareness of the HiSetManaged enrollmentLimited coverage for rural areastransportation issuesCostsmay need scholarshipschild care issues
Central Iowa Works to increase knowldge and appeal to employersEmployers to increase awareness and provide incentives or other supports like transporationoffer classes on siteDMACC-remote learningIowa Department of Refugee Services-translators for interpretation and translationLocal ethnic organizations-building cultural compentency trainingDART & HIRTA for transportation-discuss options such as passes, grants, etc to make for affordableCurrent and past students to help with identifying barriersDMACC-possible on-line instruction or remote accessLeveragefind childcare or work to barter services between non-profitsemployers-to offer incentives to completeCentral Iowa Works to offer technical training after the test
Removing barrierslanguage (offer test in all languages)transportationchildcare costsEducationWhat is the HiSET?How would it help them?How to obtain?Where to obtain?Employer Supportfinancial support to employers to offer classes on-siteon-site classes - employees get regular payIdentify if other employers are offering on-site classes and see if there is a best practicResearch showing/supporting higher wages/income with high school equivalency diplomaEncourage the change of generational trend to finish school (specifically mothers)Incentives for employers to offer on-site classes, tax credits? or other incentivesFront line people helping with the language barrierCase management to assist refugees in navigating the systemGetting DMACC to offer remote classes-exception would be for the testingUse peer to peer tutoring (no cost/low cost idea)Workbook specific curriculum (math and computer)Ask HiSet to give an outline or actual curriculumPartner with Job CorpsOne on One guidance thru the testAlternative AssessmentsTeach HiSet in ESL classestransfer of foreign degrees-Upward GlobalAdjusting time limit or no time limit on the test
Survey a pool of prospective students - ask...What are the barriers for them to getting the diploma?Teacher training ans selection processvolunteers/tutors/coachesresearch what other employers are offeringcommunicate with others about incentives that could be offered to employers (long-term action)Set up peer to peer tutoring with incentives for the mentor towards college credits - thru DMACC advisors or teachers (pair & share)Test Study partnerPolicy change to get time constraints lifted for testingResearch what it would take to get HiSet in all languagesProvide interpreters for registration & enrollmentTalk to ESL teachers & HiSet to do an assessment as to process, then re-evaluate in 6 months to measure if it is working