Metro North ABE Links Newsletter, Spring 2020 - Page 5

Columbia Heights/ Fridley Centennial Centennial Adult Continuing Education will open a new English as a Second Language (ESL) program at the Centennial Square Manufactured Home Community in the Youthways Center. “Taking it to them!” This will be a great way to increase our reach and help more learners reach their educational goals. The Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) awarded the Adult Education Center-Columbia Heights/Fridley (CHF) site a CTEP Americorps member once again for the 2020- 2021 program year. This will be the seventh year that a CTEP member has served at CHF. Applications are now open for the new position at https://www.spnn.org/ctep. At the Adult Education Center-CHF, we couldn’t think of a more joyful, challenging, and rewarding place to work. As we continue to build our distance learning services, the CTEP will be at the forefront of building a new way of learning. Every day, we are enriched by the lives of our students, who are mainly refugees and immigrants from around the world, who are establishing new lives in Minnesota. The CTEP member will be building relationships with adult learners who attend classes regularly in a yearround program, helping them improve their digital literacy skills. Please help spread the word to encourage applicants who may be interested in serving as a CTEP member in the new year. Elk River In 2018, Metro North-Elk River began a partnership with Dayton Mobile Home Park to provide adult residents ESL instruction. This year, 25 individuals have enrolled in this program, supported by several volunteers and one paid staff member. While on-site classes at Dayton and Elk River have been suspended due to COVID-19, online classes and individualized instruction using Google Meet are being offered so learners can continue their education. In addition, many learners have continued English language instruction by utilizing self-paced, distance learning programs more frequently, and their feedback is that they find them to be very helpful. During these unsettling times, students have found the ongoing connection and communication with staff encouraging and supportive so they may continue their studies. St. Francis This site has new online opportunities that allow students to stay safe at home. St. Francis Area Schools Adult Basic Education (ABE) is offering online courses only until further notice. Since beginning distance learning, students have enrolled in online courses for GED Prep, Brush-up Skills in Math and Reading, Computer Skills, and courses for developing/ improving English Language Skills. 5