Students celebrate academic gains in first-ever Community Education rally
The Socorro Independent School District Community Education department had its first-ever student rally on Oct. 21 at the Options High School library to encourage students as they entered their post-test season.
“This was a great way for our students to let loose and also for our faculty, who make a world of difference for these students,” said SISD Community Education Director Anthony Fraga.
Students in the adult education classes gathered with excitement, doing the wave and dancing, as educators and leaders from the program cheered them on and encouraged them as they prepared for upcoming tests.
“Today’s rally was amazing because it pumped everybody up to keep on coming to the classes and strive for that goal of a better life,” said Monica Rivera, a Community Education student studying office administration.
As of October, 735 students were enrolled in adult education courses in the Community Education program, taking work-bound, college-bound and life skills courses. Students may continue to enroll in adult education courses now through April.
There are 16 courses available including security officer certifications, high school equivalency classes, and citizenship classes.
The student rally was to celebrate the student’s commitment and hard work in the program, but also specifically to motivate them prior to their baseline post-tests.
Students are administered a baseline test at the beginning of the year when they enter the program. As part of the program’s accountability system, the students need to make an educational gain on their post-tests, which they are eligible to take after receiving 40 or 60 hours of instructional time, depending on the class.
Overall, the program has been extremely successful with an 81 percent graduation/certification rate. The classes give the students the instruction and interventions they need to excel in the program and certifications, which enable them to make impressive academic gains, Fraga said.
All Community Education courses and services are free to adult students in the community.
“Providing this program shows that Team SISD is willing to give everybody an opportunity and a chance to learn and grow,” Rivera said.
Published November 8, 2019
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