Transitioning Adult Education Students into Community College
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At both a national and state level there is a growing need for skilled workers in the labor force. Educating low skilled adults is one way to address this need. Adult education programs teach low skilled adults basic academic skills to prepare them for work and life in U.S. society. Until recently little attention was paid to transitioning students from adult education programs into college. Since 2004 the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) has led colleges across the state in launching multiple initiatives designed to help transition adult education students into college programs. In this exploratory study, the author investigated elements of a transition effort at the Grandview Campus of Yakima Valley Community College (YVCC). He specifically sought to determine the relationship between the number of students transitioning from the YVCC adult education program into college classes and the campus climate, student support services, college orientation activities, enrollment in specific transition classes, student age, student gender and student ethnicity. Using the results of correlation and regression analyses coupled with qualitative data from focus groups, the author found that certain support services, some orientation activities, student age, student gender and enrollment in transition classes were related to students transitioning. Additionally, the author concluded that elements of campus climate, college faculty, individualized attention from college employees, support from fellow students, and family support also had an impact on students transitioning.