The March 2011 edition of Research and Practice examines the College’s partnership with the YWCA Tri-County Area Adult Literacy Program to offer the Adult Basic Education program Link2Success (L2S) to individuals with low academic skill sets.
Individuals who test below the fifth grade proficiency in reading, mathematics and English on the College’s placement exam are referred to L2S, which is offed by the Tri-County Area YWCA at the College’s campuses in Blue Bell and Pottstown. The program utilizes the College’s developmental course curricula along with state-mandated Adult-Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) curricula to facilitate student learning. Individuals referred to L2S must successfully complete the program in order to retake the College’s placement exam. Individuals who are not ready to take the placement test after two complete semesters in L2S are redirected to Career Pathways, a YWCA affiliate that provides workplace essential skills, or to Career Link.
Since the inception of the program in May 2010, 156 individuals have been referred to L2S, and 45 have enrolled. While none of these students has gone on to enroll at the College to date, the pathway to assist individuals with low academic skills has been established.