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Program helps transition Adult Education students to training, employment

Aug. 3, 2013 at 3:03 a.m.

Students in the inaugural SAIL classes can improve reading, writing, math and/or English language skills and prepare for the GED while training to enter a career as a certified nurse aide, truck driver or welder.

You can't just sail through the SAIL training.

That's what 12 students discovered when they enrolled in the Students Accelerating through Integrated Learning training at Victoria College.

Students in the inaugural classes can improve reading, writing, math and/or English language skills and prepare for the GED while training to enter a career as a certified nurse aide, truck driver or welder.

"We are very excited and optimistic about this new training that will transition adult education students to training and employment in just a few months," said Sherri Pall, Victoria College Workforce and Continuing Education director. "This training integrates basic adult education skills and technical training for in high-demand occupations."

Taking evening classes in the College's Adult Education Center, many in the group have work and family responsibilities that compete with their time spent on education.

The SAIL training is funded in part by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Accelerate Texas initiative in response to the growing demand for adult basic education services.

Victoria College is one of 19 community colleges in Texas participating in Accelerate Texas, Pall said.

To enroll in the training, students must:

Be below 12.9 in reading, language or math on the Test of Adult Basic Education

Be at least 18 years old

Be eligible to work in Texas

Complete the launch class

Information sessions are at 9 a.m. every Wednesday at the Victoria College Adult Education Center, 802 E. Crestwood Drive in Victoria.

For more information, contact the Victoria College Adult Education Center at 361- 573-7323.

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