ANC Leachville welcomes new staff

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Town Crier News Staff

Beth Thompson, adult education coordinator for Arkansas Northeastern College (ANC), welcomed new staff members and announced the fall opportunities at ANC Leachville Branch.

Sherryl Cooley is the new GED and WAGE (Workforce Alliance for Growth in the Economy) instructor.

Amy Butts will be working at ANC Leachville as a part-time technical consultant overseeing the computers. Butts has been in adult education for over 20 years and worked with computers as long.

Beginning in October Cooley will be at ANC Leachville two days a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes will begin at 10 a.m. through 7 p.m. on Tuesdays offering three GED classes and an English as a second language from 5:30-7 p.m. GED classes will also be held on Thursdays from 12:30-2:45 p.m.

These classes are in addition to Brenda Holt's GED classes on Monday and Tuesday evenings.

"We are still working on scheduling," Thompson said. "Our goal is to work our schedule around the needs of the adult students."

Cooley is new to the WAGE training program but is very familiar with adult education. She has 23 years teaching experience. She has been working with adult education at the state level teaching instructors who work with adults with disabilities. She has a teaching certificate and a masters degree in adult and continuing education.

Cooley said she is excited about the opportunities for adults through the GED, WAGE Training Program and the High School Credit Recovery Program.

All of the classes are offered at no charge to the participants.

The WAGE training program is a partnership among local businesses, industry, and community providers to help entry-level employees increase their skills and abilities to meet the demands of today's jobs.

Certificates offered through the WAGE program included industrial certificates and clerical certificates.

The new staff members will also allow GED classes to be offered during the day.

"We will probably be offering the official GED test at the ANC Leachville Branch in November," Thompson said. "This will give anyone interested in taking the test the preparation time. Through our program, students can prepare for the test in the Leachville branch and still take the test at Burdette or Paragould. Hopefully, offering it in Leachville will be a convenience for some of our students."

Cooley said a self-tutorial program for computer skills will also be available.

Thompson said at some point she would like to see a parenting class implemented to help parents tutor their children or instruct them on how to pick a tutor. She said she would also like to see a tutor available on site for the children of parents taking GED classes.

"Two of the major reasons adult students have to stop coming to classes are no transportation or no child care," Thompson said. "If we could offer a tutoring session for the children it would help both the adults and children."

Thompson said everything in adult education is based on individual assessments and the individual's needs and goals.

Cooley said she is looking forward to working with the people of the area.

"This is a wonderful facility with an outstanding computer lab and library," Cooley said.

In addition to the GED classes and WAGE Training Program, ANC offers a unique opportunity for certain young people in Mississippi and Greene Counties called The High School Credit Recovery Program. This program provides a method for former high school students who are only a half to two credits short of graduating to make up the credits and receive a diploma from their high school.

This is for individuals between the ages of 18-20, not currently enrolled in high school.

"We have had several young adults utilize this program," Thompson said.

Cooley will be working at the Paragould Center on Mondays and Wednesday.

Anyone interested in the GED classes, the WAGE training program, or other adult education opportunities can contact Thompson or Cooley at ANC Leachville, 539-2393 or the ANC Burdette Adult Center at 780-1214.

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