January 28, 2009
Cowley College offering a GED preparation hybrid course
Blending face-to-face instruction with online learning, Cowley College
is offering a GED preparation hybrid course in Mulvane this semester
and has plans of doing more in the future.
The hybrid course is being offered at the Mulvane Safety Center on Tuesday nights from 5-8 p.m.
Brooke Denney, an instructional coordinator and math instructor at Cowley College, will play an active role in the student’s learning.
“This is a way to service our Mulvane students,” Denney said. “I hope this will serve as a model for other Adult Ed’s in the state of Kansas.”
Participants in the course will improve their reading, math and job skills. They will also learn computer skills and how to write a resume. They will also prepare for the GED exam, which once completed, the State of Kansas Board of Regents will issue the student a Kansas State High School Diploma.
Devin Graves, Cowley College director of GED/Adult Basic Education, and Eddie Andreo, Coordinator of Learning Technology, have also played an important role in forming the GED preparation hybrid course.
“Devin and Brooke have shown great dedication to their students and are innovative by utilizing technology to further assist student learning,” Slade Griffiths, Cowley College vice president of academic affairs said. “I believe that the hybrid approach in this program is a first for Kansas. I applaud all of their efforts and those that teach in this program.”
Many businesses require a person to have a high school diploma in order to gain employment, and it has been proven that students that obtain a high school diploma will earn almost double the salary of someone without a diploma.
Students that complete the program can earn a two-year scholarship to Cowley College if they score high enough on their final exam.
The hybrid program is also being offered with Winfield Community Corrections. Two of the students that obtained their diploma through the program in the fall, are current students at Cowley College.
“This will hopefully help bridge the educational gap with offenders and improve their success rate at achieving a high school diploma,” Denney said. “The U.S. Department of Education is big on finding ways to transition the adults.”
For the hybrid classes, there is a required 10-hour minimum course work done online each week. The course runs through the middle of May.