The principal target population for Adult Basic Education (ABE) instruction is individuals who have less than a high school diploma (National Adult Literacy Survey Levels I or II). Through one-on-one tutoring and small group instruction, Gaston Literacy helps individuals improve reading, writing, and conversational skills, compute and solve problems, and achieve goals for independent living.
All new students complete a formal intake, assessment and placement process. The intake includes gathering information about the student’s background and previous educational experiences. Formal assessment of a student’s existing abilities is achieved primarily through the use of State recommended, federally approved appraisals and level tests, but may also include learning difficulties screenings and curriculum placements or pre-tests/inventories. The intake process also includes an individual orientation familiarizing the student with the council’s facilities, goal setting, and the setting of expectations regarding the student’s commitment and behavior.
Students utilize research-based curriculum designed for their particular functioning level and learning styles as well as “real life” contexts such as application forms, workplace curriculum, menus, maps, driver’s license books, blueprints, voter registration forms, etc.
The Connected Classroom is an interactive computer center and classroom for adult learners. Technology is integrated into instruction to help students develop computer skills and learn how and why technology is used in the workplace and everyday life. While improving basic literacy levels, students also acquire the ability to gather, assess, and make use of information from a variety of sources.
Through Career Exploration and and KeyTrain services, individuals learn what skills/ certifications/ degrees are required in certain fields available in the local region and how to design pathways to their chosen occupation. Resources include KeyTrain Career Ready 101, KeyTrain Career Clusters, and various internet sites. Individuals undergo Career Assessments and receive one-on-one assistance with resume development and job applications. Clients earn their CRC certificate through Gaston Literacy and our staff helps them establish an account in the National CRC database. Additionally, we link our candidates with appropriate JobLink partners for assistance with the job search and/or job training.
All GLC students are encouraged to supplement their class work and individual tutoring with independent study in the computer lab. Software programs including Omti-Rogers, Contemporary’s New Reader’s Bookstore, Pre-GED Interactive, Math Solutions, New Readers Press GED Practice 1120, and Rosetta Stone are available to supplement all levels of instruction offered in the program.