Jefferson County Adult Learning Center (ALC) has partnered with Coordinating Council for Independent Living or West Virginia Choice (WVC) on an IETP, also open to English language learners for an Integrated English Language Civics Education (IELCE) IETP. Jefferson County ALC worked to redesign WVC’s existing training program and develop an up-to-date, state-of-art virtual training package for WVC’s direct care workers. This training project will serve WVC new-hires as well as incumbent workers. Jefferson County ALC created this impressive online course in Schoology with links to Edgenuity. The pilot program in Jefferson County began with the hopes of a statewide implementation later. WVC is in all 55 counties and employs between 2200+ employees (mostly direct care workers), serving over 3000 clients.
The dedicated efforts of WVAdultEd instructors are evident in the success stories, positive results, and the changed lives that have benefited from the multiple opportunities offered by WVAdultEd’s job and skill training, certifications, and HSE activities. These efforts are admirable given a typical academic year. Still, with COVID-19, this labor has been heroic, creating opportunities for instructors to think “outside of the box” when responding to the challenging circumstances brought forth by the pandemic. The individual attention offered to each student cannot be overstated, with the educational requirements representing only a negligible portion of the actual requirements necessitated by the adult learner. Often, adult students have housing, nutritional, and psychological needs which require being addressed first with our partners in the community, before the attainment of any educational goals, can be fully realized. This dedication to the individual student will remain the focus of WVAdultEd activities through our continued efforts to enhance the communities in which we live, one student at a time, by promoting efficient job and skill training, pertinent certifications, HSE activities, and individualized educational offerings.