Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) is proud to announce the launch
of its Accelerated Opportunity program in January. The three-year grant program is
a partnership between the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS),
Jobs for the Future (JFF), Kentucky Adult Education and the Kentucky Education and
Workforce Development Cabinet.
The grant assists students with added academic support to help achieve a credential
in a shorter period of time. Through the help of a success coach and personalized
classroom approach combining basic education and technical skills, the goal is to
move students into relevant educational opportunities that can result in a job with
family sustaining wages.
This is really a one-on-one approach that eliminates barriers many adults have in
completing a credential at the postsecondary level, said James Chafin, Accelerating
Opportunity coordinator at BSCTC. Our plan of action allows students to progress in
their academic and technical skills simultaneously to ensure success and completion.
Nationally, more than 26 million adults lack a high school diploma. While just more
than 2.5 million of these individuals are enrolled in adult basic education programs,
only three percent actually earn a postsecondary credential, with many leaving after
only a semester or two. In Kentucky alone there are more than 419,302 under-skilled
adults. The trend will only continueby 2018, 54 percent of all jobs in Kentucky will
require workers with some form of postsecondary credentials. This exacerbates the
current difficulty employers across the state report in finding qualified workers
who can fill skilled positions.
Students enrolled in Accelerated Opportunity at BSCTC can pick two career pathways
industrial maintenance and allied health/nursing. Students who complete the allied
health track will graduate with either a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Kentucky
Medication Aid certification.
By obtaining a credential, a student can enter the workforce or build on the existing
credential, said Chafin. Its a pathway that leads to so many options and builds confidence
in our students.
Accelerating Opportunity is funded by a strategic collaboration of diverse philanthropies
including the Bill amp; Melinda Gates Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg
Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations.
For more information, contact Chafin at (606) 788-2845 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.