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CCCC recognizes first Basic Skills Plus participants

CCCC recognizes first Basic Skills Plus participants

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Ten Central Carolina Community College students enrolled in the College and Career Readiness Depar ... (more)

CCCC recognizes first Basic Skills Plus participants

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Ten Central Carolina Community College students enrolled in the College and Career Readiness Depar ... (more)

CCCC recognizes first Basic Skills Plus participants

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Ten Central Carolina Community College students enrolled in the College and Career Readiness Depar ... (more)

CCCC recognizes first Basic Skills Plus participants

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Ten Central Carolina Community College students enrolled in the College and Career Readiness Depar ... (more)

01.26.2012Continuing EducationGraduations

LILLINGTON - A high school-level credential plus workforce training skills can equal more opportunity in a tight job market, according to Andre Mapp, Basic Skills Plus coordinator for Central Carolina Community College.

The "Plus" is what makes the difference, he said.

In fall 2011, CCCC's College and Career Readiness Department launched its Basic Skills Plus program, combining high school education with employability, occupational and technical skills. It is one of only 16 community colleges in North Carolina offering Basic Skills Plus. The program is designed for adults who do not have a high school education.

"CCCC's Basic Skills Plus program provides students pursuing a GED or high school diploma simultaneous access to post-secondary education and training," said Dawn Tucker, dean of College and Career Readiness. "This innovative approach not only accelerates their transition to employment but also allows them to enter the workforce better trained and prepared to succeed."

The first 10 participants of the program were recognized Dec. 19 in a ceremony at the college's Lillington Adult Education Center. All are enrolled in the CCR Department's Adult High School or General Educational Development diploma programs at the Lillington Center, Triangle South Enterprise Center, or West Harnett Center.

As participants in the Basic Skills Plus program, these students were able to take a college course while working on their AHS or GED credential. All completed the college's 12-week Study Skills course online.

As they continue in the Basic Skills Plus program, they will be able to enroll in Human Resources Development courses that provide them an opportunity to explore careers, prepare for success in the workplace, and learn strategies on finding and keeping jobs.

They will complete a Career Readiness Certificate program through WIN-WorkKeys and have a nationally recognized certificate to show employers the level of workplace skills they have in applied math, reading for information, and information location.

They will also receive training for in-demand occupational courses such as nursing, welding, machining, or renewable energy.

"This has been a successful semester for the program," Mapp said. "These rising stars showed dedication, resiliency, and a strong work ethic. I also credit their success to the work of Melody McGee, Harnett County CCR coordinator, and the entire Harnett CRC staff."

Basic Skills Plus is a North Carolina Community College System program funded at the state level primarily with grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other foundations. Community colleges use up to 20 percent of their existing adult literacy training funds for their Basic Skills Plus program.

For more information about the Basic Skills Plus program, contact Mapp at (919) 718-7339.