CLASS College Transitions Programs

Eight Adult Education Programs in Southern York County Form Consortium to Provide Comprehensive College Transitions Services

While Maine College Transitions has been providing college readiness services for over 15 years through adult education, eight local adult education programs in York County have recently formed a larger consortium so that they can provide even more to adult learners. CLASS (Consortium for Learning and Student Success) is comprised of: Adult Education of the Kennebunks & Arundel, Biddeford Adult Education, Kittery Adult Education, Marshwood Adult & Community Education, Noble Adult & Community Education, Old Orchard Beach/Saco Community Education, Wells-Ogunquit Adult Community Education, and York Adult & Community Education.

What normally would mean students having to take “developmental level” courses at a local college or other post-secondary school, at full tuition cost and receiving no credit, students in CLASS College Transitions programs receive college readiness instruction in Math, Writing, Computer, and College Readiness Skills – all no cost. Adult students then have an arsenal of skills for a successful learning path.

CLASS College Transitions instructors and advisors provide quality education and support in an environment tailored to students’ needs. All students complete an entry and exit Accuplacer Exam and CASAS assessment, participate in readiness courses that work around their academic needs and schedules, work with an advisor to create an individual learning plan, receive help with financial aid forms, college and scholarship applications, and even visit prospective schools.

If a person lives in one town, but works in another, he or she can take the College Transitions courses through any CLASS adult education program, and be assured of receiving a consistent, high level of service. Dual enrollment is an option for students who are ready for college in all but one academic area.

CLASS programs continue to work closely with the University College and the Community College systems to receive referrals for the students the consortium can best benefit.

The research on readiness programs leading to successful academic paths for adult students is clear in Maine: “College persistence, defined as continuing directly from the first to the second year of college, was 29% among the national cohort of GED completers—much lower than the 50% achieved by MCT students. This is despite the fact that our definition on college persistence—remaining continuously enrolled once entering college—is more stringent. (Plimpton, 2012).”

Lisa Robertson, Director of York Adult & Community Education is excited, “This is an opportunity for adult education programs to work more efficiently together. We’ll continue to offer quality courses, but now with the coordinator bridging communication with all the programs, we can offer courses at different days and times without overlap. This will help students get the skills they need to succeed in college on their schedule.”

The programs provide a variety supportive services such as ESL tutoring, child care, learning labs, and transportation to college visits and events.

For more information about CLASS, visit our website: www.classmaine.com.