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What is a continuation school?

I am doing research on alternative learning courses for adults and students who never graduated from high school. What does a continuation school mean or imply? Has an adult learning program been proven to be effective in imparting skills just as a regular diploma or degree programs would? What does ace adult education mean? I’m also trying to put together adult evening classes for the folks who live in my community. What would you advise to be the best way to put such a program together? Should the courses be fully geared towards teaching new skills?

Eric Morgan

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Kathy Robinson on July 26, 2018

Ace education for adults actually stands for Adult and Community Education, so there is a slight redundancy there. I know about the work of the Fairfax ACE program as they make a point to improve the overall educational quality for the adult learner. They have introduced apprenticeship programs, business, information technology and trade and industrial courses geared towards an adult population. They offer several benefits for their programs that include tuition discounts for the students who are above 62 years old. Theirs is just one of the many ACEs that you’ll find across the country. While some of the benefits that they offer are only limited to Fairfax residents, I’m pretty sure you’ll get something in your area.

Continuation schools can be thought of much like bridging schools. They are an alternative to the normal high school programs that you know of. The target is students of 16 years or older who are at risk of graduating high school at the normal pace, maybe because they are behind in high school credits, they have averse family needs, or they need to work for one reason or another. A student in such a program needs to attend school at least 3 hours a day or spend 15 hours a week in class. Since some of these students may not be looking to go to college, they may also be enrolled in career-ready or work-study programs as well as part of their continuing education. There may also be career counseling and apprenticeships offered as part of the program.

If you are trying to put together evening classes for adults, you should pick something specific for the community you live in. Are you looking for something accredited or do you just want to impart skills to these learners, maybe offer a computer course after hours or do a graphic design program? Accreditation can be done in partnership with other local colleges, but the best way to make this work would be to organize a community effort and get folks who can actually train the elderly. Maybe you can do personal tutoring, or you can design a package for these guys based on what interests the majority of them. If you can check the skills that they have and see what portions of them have at least skills that are transferable, the faster you’ll move. Any learning program for adults should be created with specific objectives in mind.

Jessie Thompson2 years ago

A continuation school is geared towards students 16 to 18 years old who are at risk of not completing their high school education on time. I wouldn’t say this is the same as continuing adult education. There are professionals who are already in the workforce and who would need to improve their skills. These would enroll in the adult education program.
Flexibility is one of the key things that you should look for when creating any type of program, especially when dealing with busy adult learners. Some of these adults have really tight schedules and are just looking for a break to relax or learn something new. Cut out the theory of the course that you are creating and make it enjoyable in a way that won’t overwhelm the class. Finally, you should try and figure out if the learners are interested in any form of certification afterward.  


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