Emerging Practices with Promise
Submitted By: Lynell Wiggins, Compton College
Guided Pathways Adult Education Counselor
- Type of Practice: Seamless Transitions
- Targeted Population: Adult Basic Education Students, Adult Secondary Education Students, Adults with Disabilities, Associate Degree Students, CTE Student, English Language Learners, High School Diploma Students, High School Equivalency Students, Returning Students, Vocational Certificate Students, K12 to CC Transitioning Students
- Program Area(s): Adult Basic & Secondary Education, Adults with Disabilities, Career Technical Education , English as a Second Language & Citizenship , Workforce Re-entry
- Consortia Involved:
Tri City Adult Education Consortium: Compton Community College District, Compton Unified School District, Lynwood Unified School District, Paramount Unified School District
Compton College offers inconsistent transition and support services to adult school students within the Tri City Adult Education Consortium. Representation at the college from the adult schools wasn't even quantitatively significant enough to show up in the data at the college. In addition, Compton College only offered two sequences of English as a Second Language noncredit courses (ESL 2A-2D and ESL 3A-3D) and no noncredit career technical education pathways.
As the college considered its multi-faceted guided pathways transformation, the President/CEO, Dr. Keith Curry made a recommendation that a full-time tenured track guided pathways counselor be hired to assist with support services and transitioning to the college from Compton, Lynwood, and Paramount Adult Schools. In addition, the college committed significant resources to building the infrastructure for a beginning CTE pathway with beyond living wage potential at each of the adult schools. The counselor will spend time at each institution, collaborate with the Compton College job placement specialist to offer employment preparation workshops and job search assistance, as well as coordinate an annual Compton College adult ed campus tour
Each of the three adult schools will be offering a CTE pathway in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Welding, and Cosmetology, in Compton, Lynwood, and Paramount Adult Schools, respectively. Having begun our program offering in Spring 2019 at Paramount Adult School, transition numbers have already increased beyond previous years. Expectations are high at each of our other two institutions. The adult education counselor position will be made available in Fall 2019.
An actual tenure track guided pathways counselor position has been developed through a job description for adult education. Also, we can show through our actual student enrollment that former adult education students have earned college credit, where as in the past we didn't have a clearly defined indicator for this population.