A new program is in planning stages. The Refuge is in conversation with Blythe Head Start to create an enrichment program. This program will begin with the enrichment of 12 pre-k students twice a week for 30 minutes each session. Our goal is to challenge students who are ahead in their learning and to enhance knowledge and understanding for students who may be a little behind. This will ensure that these students will be ready for Kindergarten. We have purchased online programs that we will be using with the students to either challenge or enhance their abilities and knowledge. Our methodology will also include teacher led skills instruction, practice, and games.
This will be a great enrichment program for these pre-K students. The main focus will be on reading and writing, while also using art and music to make learning fun!
We anticipate that this program will come to fruition as we work through the planning and approval stages.
Our Career Training course, Career Connection, is adding a few new enhancements to ensure our students will receive the best training possible. In the soft skills portion we will extend the training one more day creating a 5-day intensive course at The Refuge. We have also partnered with UT Extensions to add a financial simulator class to the soft skills course. Justin Thomas, of UT Extensions, will be teaching the financial simulator class. This will give our students a hands-on, simulated, real life experience managing finances while having to maintain sustainability throughout the simulator.
In the hard skills training portion at Cleveland State Community College OneSource 2 more training days have been added creating a 7-day intensive boot camp. In the MIG Welding course students can receive an AWS (American Welding Society) Certification and, added this year, OSHA 10 Certification. The OSHA 10 Certification cost is very generously being covered by Waupaca Foundry.
These new classes and certifications give the students an even greater training but also add enhancements to their resume. They will enter the workforce even more knowledgeable and ready for careers. We greatly appreciate all of our partners and sponsors as this life changing program would not be possible without each of you.
Meet The Career Connection Advisory Board
The purpose of the Advisory Board is to ensure that Career Connection meets the workforce standards required by 21st Century employers. Our training purpose is to provide students with the skills and training employers expect in the workplace. The Advisory board provides advice, information, updates, and enhancements that allow us to create the most effective and efficient training possible.
Quincey Bentley Sherry Crye Judge Andrew Freiberg Thomas Miller
Eaton Corporation Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce Circuit-Criminal Court Judge Surge Staffing
Our grant proposal to the Cleveland Rotary Foundation was approved! The Cleveland Rotary Foundation awarded us $7,303.01 for the reconstruction and enhancement of our 180 Tutoring Center for Adult Readers. These funds helped create three new centers of learning for students to use 3 additional days per week on top of their one-on-one session. The Grant funded renovation of the Tutoring Center, addition of 4 computers, 2 computer tables, online curriculum cost, tangible curriculum cost, and a high interest low reading level library of books.
The new centers will provide individual learning on computers for reading, spelling, & comprehension practice. Teacher led review sessions on specific reading skills (vowel sounds, blends, prefixes, spelling, etc.) and a group book club (teacher led) with a group of 4 or more students reading the same book together to develop fluency & comprehension through discussion, inferences, and predictions. Once students are fluently reading the book in the book club, those who are willing, will have opportunity to go to a local partner elementary school and read the book to a Kindergarten or 1st grade class. This will build the confidence of our adult learners but also encourage reading for primary students.
One reading student was ecstatic about this change. She stated, “I love that! I would definitely come more. I think the group portion would help build my confidence and I would love to read to the children.”
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