The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 23, 2013

New River signs basic adult education memo

From staff reports

— Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs from 12 counties and two community-based organizations in southern West Virginia signed a memorandum of understanding with New River Community and Technical College Monday that will facilitate the transition of students from ABE programs into programs at the college.

RESA 1 and the West Virginia Department of Education have worked with county programs and New River’s administration to facilitate this initiative.

The ABE programs in Braxton, Fayette, Greenbrier McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Summers, Webster and Wyoming counties are parties to the MOU, along with LAMP (Literate Adults Mean Prosperity) of Summers County and Catholic Charities of Southern West Virginia.

According to Dr. Carry DeAtley, New River’s interim vice president of academic affairs, the agreement will provide instructional support to current New River students through ABE program; tutoring to incoming New River students through ABE programs; facilitate transition of current ABE students into New River programs; and provide college credit to ABE students who are completing computer literacy and other studies while enrolled in ABE.

“Our goal is to help our incoming students either avoid — or at least succeed — in developmental coursework, to help our current students succeed in the classroom; and to help ABE students who have earned the GED diploma to transition into postsecondary education and obtain valuable skills.” DeAtley said.

Through this agreement, New River’s developmental education faculty will work with partner ABE programs to provide New River students with additional support.  Incoming students with learning gaps will be referred to ABE programs, which will offer intensive short-term instruction and academic counseling designed to close those gaps.

The ABE Programs will also offer access to computers and individualized computer-based instruction, resource materials, cohort groups and tutoring. Finally, ABE instructors will also work with current ABE students to transition into college programming, by offering help with study skills, completion of college and financial aid applications and preparation for entrance exams.

“Our goal is to help our adult students meet challenges and move ahead in life.  This partnership provides our students essential supports and tools for transitioning into post- secondary education and job training,” stated Dr. Robin Lewis, executive director of RESA 1.

New River President L. Marshall Washington agreed, stating, “This agreement means that New River now has a committed and experienced partner in our effort to help students transition to and succeed in college.”