Classroom Instruction

Classroom instruction consists of traditional classroom instruction, the establishment of learning communities, and accessibility to on-line academic services.

What is a learning community?

A learning community is a group of people who share common educational goals are actively engaged in learning together from each other. Based on this concept and within a group setting, students enrolled in the program can meet with volunteer tutors from the "America Reads" and/or "The Reading Link" Programs. Each semester, the learning communities are established based on the learning needs and level of literacy of the students enrolled in the program. Tutors work directly with the instructor in the delivery of their tutoring services to the students.

Students can request one-on-one tutoring assistance by updating their needs assessment and submitting this information to the classroom instructor. The instructor serves as a "middle man or woman" between the student and the tutoring division of Adult Education to ensure that each student’s request is fulfilled.

What will be taught during the classroom instruction?

The outline of instruction has been developed into learning components that allows a student to shift amongst the components, based on their academic achievements, literacy needs, and goals, without affecting their progression of learning. Mastery in the four skill development areas of Adult Education (math, reading, writing, and language skills) are encouraged and evaluated throughout the context of the outline of instruction along with the core concepts associated with the health care industry.

As students advance through the learning components and master the learning competencies associated with each component, students are awarded a certificate and other incentives that note their accomplishment. Students are eligible to earn twelve progress certificates awarded by the program. Upon completion of the program, students are prepared to take the HEC® Tests and will be provided financial assistance in registering for the HEC® Tests at their Regional Office of Education.

Each learning component consists of learning competencies related to one or more of the following core concepts associated with the health care industry:

· Understanding Health Care Systems · Career Pathways in Health Care
· Personal Qualities of Health Care Worker · Safety and Sanitation in Health Care
· Vital Signs · Medical Terminology
· Cultural Diversity · Anatomy and Physiology
· Specialized Care · Computers Health Care
· Soft Skills and Workplace Ethics · Applications/Resumes/Interviews

The administration of Adult Education has partnered with the program directors of the health occupation programs at Kaskaskia College to set up site visits, titled "Sneak Preview", at various health care institutions in our region. Students enrolled in the program are encouraged to participate in at least one "Sneak Preview" activity prior to testing for their HEC® Credentials.

The field of health care consist of various opportunities; and each opportunity is different based the required education, the environment, and the responsibilities. To gain an understanding of the labor market of the health care industry, in addition to the classroom activities of the program, students are required to interview two individuals whose occupation matches their area of interest.

I like using a computer and would prefer to use the on-line services. How can I enroll in this segment of the program?

At this time, the online services of the Bridge Program are supplemental services. The on-line services are an additional resource for students to use while they are enrolled in the program. Based on your interest, click on the following links to access tutoring, career, and other academic services that will assist you in obtaining your HEC®.
* Requires establishment of a password through the Kaskaskia College Adult Education Bridge Program

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