Adult Education Leads to Success!
Withlacoochee Technical College (WTC) is proud to share an adult education success story. Christina DeSensi, a WTC GED® preparation program alumni, was recently recognized as one of the 2016-2017 Sunshine Success Stories by Adult and Community Educators of Florida, or ACE. The Sunshine State Success Stories identifies learners who have reached life goals because of their participation in the adult education system and are now active in their communities.
Christina enrolled in the WTC GED® preparation class in April 2014 as a recently divorced mother with four children. In dire financial circumstances, her home in foreclosure, and unable to secure a job without a high school diploma, Christina needed to work hard and achieve her goal quickly.
The United Way stepped in to assist Christina with food and security. Applying herself to her studies, Christina earned her GED® credential in May 2014. She was awarded a two-year scholarship to the College of Central Florida, where she is currently enrolled in the Paralegal Studies program. Christina maintains a 3.5 GPA and is also employed part time in the College’s TRiO program as a tutor/mentor in the WTC GED® preparation program.
Christina was recognized on April 4, 2017 at the joint Commission on Adult Basic Education / ACE Conference at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, FL. She was nominated by her GED® preparation class instructor Al Mitchell, who said Christina’s hard work should be recognized and she has “overcome so many hurdles and is an inspiration to others.”
WTC is proud of Christina and her accomplishments. She is living proof that for many the first step down the path to career success and ultimately financial independence is taken in the adult education setting. Christina says, “If you are willing to work hard, the sky is the limit and anything can be achieved.”
Shown left to right are: Stefany Deckard, Adult Education Director Florida Department of Education; Rod Duckworth, Chancellor, Division of Career and Adult Education Florida Department of Education; Christina DeSensi; Albert Mitchell, WTC GED® Preparation Program Instructor; and Andrew Jenkins, ACE of FL President
The Adult Education Childcare Center is intended to assist students at WTC in the completion of an Adult Education program that leads to post secondary training and employment.
Childcare is provided at no cost to the student. Parents must be actively enrolled in an Adult Education program and present in class when their children are in the childcare room.
Start preparing for your career pathway and earn your high school diploma with our GED® test preparation classes, improve your adult basic education skills, or add English as a second language.
No matter when you left school, WTC can help you on a successful career pathway start. You will proceed with the help of teachers and staff who care about you and your success. Our courses will help you prepare to take the citizenship exam, learn English as a second language and/or help you prepare for the GED® test credential.
Once you determine your career pathway, our post-secondary training will provide you with the education you need in the areas of architecture/construction, public safety, business management/administration, health, human services, hospitality/tourism, information technology, manufacturing, and transportation.
Please call us at 352-726-2430 extension 4315. Our counselor and career advisors are available to assist you. Our instructors are eager to help you achieve your career goals.
Our GED® preparation program is available to those who do not have a high school diploma. This course provides individualized instruction in preparation for the GED® test and allows you to work at your own pace. The GED® preparation program includes the four subject areas measured on the GED® test:
Our GED® preparation program is designed to help you achieve your goal of furthering your education, open doors to further education, better employment, and a brighter future.
The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program prepares students to communicate competently in English in appropriate situations and perform in the skill areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with equal value placed on each. The ESOL Program is a language arts program which is competency based and provides instructional opportunities for adult students.
The Applied Academics for Adult Education (AAAE) program provides basic literacy skills for individuals who desire to improve their academic level, technical training, employment or citizenship. The program provides remediation based on the individual’s academic needs.
This program offers career assessment and advisement, career exploration, goal setting techniques, assistance with financial aid applications and scholarships, assistance in applying for admissions into technical institutes or college programs, academic skill building and tutoring if needed, study skills and test taking strategies, workshops to assist you with time & life management, budgeting your finances, organizational skills, and accessing resources.
WITHLACOOCHEE TECHNICAL COLLEGE
DEPARTMENT OF ADULT EDUCATION
Provide adult learners with educational opportunities and support services that will enable them to achieve their academic and career goals. Create an educational environment that respects individual and cultural differences.