New program at ACC prepares adults for college

New program at ACC prepares adults for college

New program at ACC prepares adults for college

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by KVUE.com

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Posted on August 7, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 7 at 2:52 PM

AUSTIN -- A new program offered at Austin Community College will target adults with day and evening classes. The “Transitions Program” is a college preparation course for adults.

ACC says it will help high school graduates and GED earners with reading, writing and math skills in an effort to help students successfully complete freshman-level college courses.

“I think people should sign up for Transitions because it works,” says program graduate Fernando Martinez, who is now earning high marks in his ACC courses. “I met great instructors who helped with networking opportunities, as well as other students who supported me even after the program ended.”

The program is free and will include career counseling services as well as help students with financial aid applications and the ACC admissions process.

The only catch, you must apply for the program by Friday, August 23.

 The program is funded through the Texas Higher Education coordinating board and helps pay for college readiness assessment fees and class textbooks.
 
 Students who complete the program will also receive a $100 stipend; those who go on to complete an ACC credit course with a grade of C or better receive a $250 stipend and become eligible for a $1,000 ACC scholarship.
 
“There is a difference between being eligible for college and being ready for college,” says Charlene Gill, Transitions coordinator. “Transitions gives students the confidence they need to be successful in school.”
 
The next 12-week Transitions courses begin in September; classes will meet Monday through Thursday at Eastview Campus (3401 Webberville Rd.). Students can sign up for either the daytime class, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or the evening class, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
 
To be eligible, you  must be a U.S. citizen and 18 or older, with a GED or high school diploma. Current and former developmental education students are encouraged to apply. Applicants participate in a brief interview prior to enrolling and must maintain a 75 percent attendance rate for the course.
 
To sign up, visit austincc.edu/transitions or contact Charlene Gill at 512-223-5122 or cgill@austincc.edu.
 
 

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