The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy invited adults of all ages to Universal Audenried High School for an adult education information and open enrollment session on January 8, 2015. The event was a coordinated effort between the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy and staff from Universal Companies and Universal Audenried High School to reach the parents of students in their south Philadelphia schools about the importance of adult education.
Despite the cold weather, over thirty adults attended the information session. Jennifer Kobrin, Associate Director of the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy, opened the session with a welcome and overview of myPLACE™. When asking the adults in attendance why they came, responses ranged from acquiring a better paying job to setting a good example for their children. One mother was there by the encouragement of her eighth-grade daughter, and another came with her adult son to ensure he began the path to attaining his GED®. Kobrin then introduced Kristyn Stewart, who manages the myPLACE™ Online facilitators. Stewart spoke about the benefits of the online courses and how they are designed to be flexible and convenient for the busy lives of adults. She explained that myPLACE™ Online courses use real-life examples from in-demand industries in Philadelphia like healthcare, transportation and logistics, and manufacturing.
At the end of the session, The Commission staff used the library’s lab to register on the spot any interested adults. That evening, sixteen adults registered for their assessment at the myPLACE™ Campus @ Community Learning Center in West Philadelphia. Universal Audenried High School is graciously providing transportation for adults to their first appointment. Adult learners who read at or above a 4th grade level will immediately be placed in the self-paced, online Introduction to Adult Learning and Career Planning course. The Introduction course teaches computer skills, adult study skills, guides learners through a career search, and helps them produce a professional résumé. Many of the adults assessed will be eligible for the online classes through myPLACE™ Online. The next six-week courses in reading, writing, and math begin January 25th. Learners may also elect to be placed in a face-to-face class with one of over 20 myPLACE™ Partners across the city.
A special thanks to staff of Universal Companies, Universal Audenried High School, and all who attended the event.