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Adult education turns new page

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - When the structure of the adult and community education program was altered earlier this summer, there was some concerns.

However, Donna Miller, director of the Bullitt County campus of Jefferson Community and Technical College, believes both programs will land on their feet.

The college has taken over the management of the adult education program, while the Bullitt County Public School System still operates the community education portion.

“I think I have assembled an excellent team of teachers,” said Miller.

Bonnia Fouts has been selected as director of the adult education program.

While the former structure was to get students ready to pass the GED standards, Miller said JCTCS would go a step further.

“Our vision is for you to get your GED but to also go a step further,” said Miller.

That next step includes getting students ready to transition into a college course. Classes would be available to not only get someone GED-ready but to also help them in areas where they would be taking non-credit remedial college course.

Miller said it would also be available for those who just need help in a subject or two to better their prospects on the job or in the job hunt.

Fouts said participants would be tested to see where they are at in the learning process. Then, courses would be selected to help the student improve in the needed areas. Throughout the process, there are other assessment tools used.

Miller said the classes would be similar to college courses and would be much more structured than someone coming in for tutoring help when they have the urge.

“We’re here to get them ready also for college in a structured environment,” said Miller, who has seen the enrollment at the community college explode since opening a couple of years ago.

She added the instructors Chad Hutchison, Mary Pope and Bob Short all teach for the college.

“We hope for a smooth transition,” said Miller.

Fouts said she has already received calls about the GED program and Miller said the school system is an excellent partner in the program. She said it is advantageous for the school system to recommend young adults who need to continue their education at the community college.

Pope said the classes and the schedules are more structured and most seem to like that. There are also mandatory lab times each week and it is there that students can pick up a little extra tutoring if they are having problems.

Short, who teaches math, admitted that many are afraid of the subject. But he believes they can obtain their goals in the college-type setting.

Hutchison said the students are excited to be there and they will achieve. He said the goal is to get them to the GED level and then beyond so they can either attend college or do better in life.

“We want them to be dreamers,” said Miller. “We want to help them reach their dreams. We want to give them the environment to dream bigger.”

One tradition that will be continued will be the graduation ceremonies for GED recipients. While details have not been worked out, Miller said there was no way she would eliminate that celebration.

The team of administrators and teachers will also include Linda Garner, who is the tester, and Marie Washington, the administrative assistant.

Classes for the next module begin on Oct. 11. If you are interested in the program, contact Fouts at 213-7979 or bonniafouts@kctcs.edu

Office personnel are at the Buffalo Run facility off Cedar Grove Road each morning from 9 a.m. until Noon and on Tuesdays from 1-8 p.m. and on Thursdays from 1-4 p.m. Other hours are by appointment.

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The community education program, which includes non-credit fun courses for the public, will be offered through the Highway 44 East facility next to Bullitt Central High School. Valinda Reed is the director.