Amarillo College has received a $187,500 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission for the purpose of integrating basic education classes with workforce training programs to propel adult learners into high-demand jobs.
The Accelerate Texas IV: Integrated Education and Training grant provides scholarships and support for 75 students in AC’s Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) programs as they pursue Level I certificates along these occupational pathways:
Machine Tool Technology
Truck/Commercial Vehicle Operations
Business Administration and Management
Automotive and Diesel
The College’s AEL program provides instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL), High School Equivalency (HSE), and Academy models that support the transition of adult education students into the College.
The Accelerate Texas brand is shared with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
By enrolling adult learners concurrently in contextualized basic education courses, such as reading and math, at the same time they are learning high-demand job skills, both the individuals and the local workforce stand to prosper.
“This is an important opportunity for students who want to accelerate completion of a credential of value,” said Linda Muñoz, associate dean of academic success. “The programs this grant supports align with labor-market demand and lead to jobs that provide family-sustaining wages.”
A career navigator will coordinate vital advising, instructional and mentoring assistance, and a variety of social-service supports will be utilized on the students’ behalf.
The grant is for two years and officially began on Jan. 14, which coincided with the first day of AC’s 2019 spring semester.