What is Workforce Solutions Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Program?

Since 2014 the Workforce Solutions Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Program has provided publicly funded literacy services to help Brazos Valley citizens become self-sufficient. These programs assist individuals in acquiring skills needed to succeed in the workforce, earn a certificate of high school equivalency (HSE), and enroll in college or career training.

Our programs are operated by Blinn College (effective 2018), Brazos Valley Council of Governments Family Self-sufficiency Housing Program (effective 2014) and Madisonville Consolidated ISD (effective 2017).

This program equips individuals in attaining employment and provides employers with a skilled workforce in the Brazos Valley.

Our AEL programs are at no cost for out-of-school individuals who are 17 years of age or older who are not enrolled or required to be enrolled in secondary school under state law. The services are available in all 7 Counties of the Brazos Valley.  Classes are offered day, evening and through distance learning. AEL enrollment is year around (see Enrollment Eligibility Form below).

You do not have to be a citizen to attend classes.

 

Classes offered include:

High School Equivalency Classes prepares the individual to take the State recognized test to earn their State of Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency. Currently, Texas has three testing options which are administered by authorized testing centers. Following are the three assessments: (Click on each assessment to learn more)

English as a Second Language (ESL) classes promotes your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills for work, education and everyday communication.

El Civics classes prepare adults for United States Citizenship. Learn about immigration services, how to interview and test along with your rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

Intensive College Readiness class prepares customers for college placement in reading, writing, and math.   College Knowledge class familiarizes individuals with college systems, operations, and resources.

Workplace Literacy Classes take place at the work site or at a location designated by the site to provide literacy and language training for nonnative English speakers.

Integrated Education Classes offer an individual to receive education and training which includes adult education and literacy activities, workforce preparation activities and workforce training for a specific occupation.

For more information about available classes and/or enrollment, call 979-209-7300 or 979-209-7248; you may also email adulteducation@blinn.edu. Below are locations of current classes.

Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Enrollment & Eligibility Form

Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Student Handbook

 

Local Class Schedules

We are excited to be transitioning some our services in Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Robertson and Washington counties to Blinn College our new service provider beginning in August 2018. Stay tuned for class announcements coming soon!

 

Currently we have HSE prep classes offered at the Center for Regional Services

(contact information is listed below please call for more information):

Center for Regional Services at 3991 E. 29th Street, Bryan, TX 77802

Phone: 979-595-2801 ext. 2070 or 979-595-2801 ext. 2313.

 

We also have HSE prep class and ESL class offered at Madisonville Community Education Center and a Workplace Literacy class offered at Monterey Mushroom.

(contact information is listed below please call for more information on these programs):

Madisonville Community Education Center at 714 Bacon Street, Madisonville TX 77864

Phone: 936-349-8003             

 

One-on-One MATH Help for AEL Students

Distance Learning Math Call Center Flyer – English

Distance Learning Math Call Center Flyer – Spanish

 

Need a Copy of Your HSE Certificate?

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has a new process! If you are having trouble, read this one-page flyer to learn more!

 

Federal Student Aid: Adult Student Checklist

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Student Aid has a “Preparing for College” checklist, specifically for adult students. The checklist is accessible online, with links to College Navigator, to locate schools based on career goals, the U.S. Department of Labor’s scholarship database, and instructions on filling out the Free Application for Federal Students Aid (FAFSA). This is an excellent one-stop resource for adult educators to share with learners as they begin the process of exploring post-secondary education options.

 

Libraries and Literacy

The Texas State Library has created a manual that contains lesson plans, workbooks, activity worksheets, and resources for seven digital literacy training modules including: Computer Basics, Internet Basics and Cyber Safety, Introduction to Email, Introduction to Microsoft Word, Introduction to Microsoft Excel, Job Search, and Resume Writing. It is recommended that each of these modules be taught as a stand-alone course, as each takes two to four hours to complete. The modules as well as the entire manual, can be found online in downloadable versions at TSL.Texas.Gov.

 

National Coalition for Literacy

The National Coalition for Literacy is dedicated to advancing adult education, family literacy, and English language acquisition in the United States. They are helping those who care about literacy make a positive difference by advocating adult education and family literacy. Visit their website, National-Coalition-Literacy.org, to learn more and take advantage of their numerous resources.

 


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