Adult Learning Center – ALC

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The Adult Learning Center has served adults in the Mid-Missouri area since 1978. The ALC has class sites at Family Impact Center, Missouri Job Center, Blind Boone Center, Columbia Area Career Center, Fayette Public Schools and the Advanced Technology Center located in Mexico, Mo.

The purpose of the ALC is to assist adults in one or more of the following areas:

Become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment, postsecondary education and self-sufficiency

Earn High School Equivalency Certificate

Schedule and navigate the process for taking the HiSET exam (previously GED)

Become proficient in English language skills

Overcome barriers and transition into employment and postsecondary education and training programs

The ALC provides services and instruction in the following types of programs:

Adult Basic Education (ABE): Instruction in skills below a high school level

Adult Secondary Education (ASE): Instruction in skills at a high school level

English Language Learning (ELL): Instruction designed to help individuals of limited English proficiency achieve competence in the English language.

For more information, contact us at
573-214-3690 or
ALCinfo@cpsk12.org

To better serve the community, the ALC has locations at:

Columbia Area Career Center
4203 South Providence Rd.

J.W. Blind Boone Center
301 N. Providence Rd.

Family Impact Center
105 E. Ash St.

Missouri Job Center
800 Cherry St.

Fayette High School Library
510 N. Cleveland
Fayette, MO

Advanced Technology Center, Mexico
2900 Doreli Ln.
Mexico, MO

The ALC provides many activities to support non-native English speakers in improving their English language skills. Not only does the ALC help individuals in preparing for and securing employment, but it also provides information about and referrals to community resources. The ALC promotes American citizenship through civics and language instruction, and it offers a healthy, encouraging and friendly environment to foster esteem in learning at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

Some things we do:

  • ESL instruction for non-native English speakers
  • Community resource information through topical workshops and field trips/community outings
  • Teach workplace skills

English classes are available in the morning, afternoon and evening for all levels of ESL students. You should attend orientation at the time you want to attend class.

To enroll, you must attend the first day of orientation and then you will be assigned to the second or third day of orientation. Orientation sessions are on the following dates:

 

March 6, 2017
Blind Boone Center: 8:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.
Columbia Area Career Center: 6:00 p.m.

May 8, 2017
Blind Boone Center: 8:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.
Columbia Area Career Center: 6:00 p.m.

 

The ALC will help you obtain your high school equivalency certificate. Whether your motivation is a better job, going to college, buying a house or other personal goals, this is the first step to making that happen. Our teachers and staff want you to set and achieve goals, as well as be successful in our program and the future.

Our classes are free and open to the public.

In our adult education and reading enrichment classes, you can improve on these:

  • Reading–read to understand and use the information to your benefit
  • Writing–sentences, punctuation, paragraphs, essays
  • Math–the basics, Algebra, Geometry, word problems, and fractions
  • Communication–effective ways to say what you mean, get what you want, and listen to others
  • Critical Thinking–taking information, thinking about it and forming an opinion or idea
  • Problem Solving–making good, reasonable choices that benefit not only you but also others
  • Life Skills–things you need to know to improve your life
  • HiSET Preparation–learn and practice for your diploma

High School Equivalency classes are available in the morning, afternoon and evening for all levels of students. You should attend orientation at the time you want to attend class.

To enroll, you must attend a two-day orientation* on one of the following sessions:

 

March 8-9, 2017
Family Impact Center: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Columbia Area Career Center: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

May 10-11, 2017
Family Impact Center: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Columbia Area Career Center: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

*If you plan to attend class in Mexico or Fayette, please call for orientation information.

If you have any questions about the program, you can contact us directly by phone, 573-214-3690 or email ALCinfo@cpsk12.org.

The ALC is proud to offer a TOEFL prep course. This course is designed for students with English as a second language, that are 17 years of age or older, who are preparing for post-secondary education. In order to prepare those students for the TOEFL iBT exam, the course will focus on reading, writing, listening, and speaking as well as testing strategies.

You may be required to purchase a book for this course. You will be contacted with detailed information after you register. (16 Sessions)

 

Click here for more information and to register.

The Adult Learning Center is currently seeking substitute teachers. Please see the information below for details.

 

Qualifications: 60+ hours of college credit and a valid MO Substitute Teaching Certificate OR a MO State Teaching Certificate

Application Materials: Completed application, resume, 3 current references, copies of college transcripts (official copies required if hired), copy of valid MO State Teaching Certificate OR copy of MO Substitute Teaching Certificate

Application Process: 

1. Return completed application via mail or email to:

Stephany Schler

573-214-3679

sschler@cpsk12.org

4203 S. Providence Road

Columbia, MO 65203

2. Interview

Hiring Process:

  1. Attend Columbia Public Schools orientation
  2. Pass fingerprint/background check
  3. Verification of MO Substitute Teaching Certificate OR valid MO State Teaching Certificate

Click here to download the Adult Learning Center substitute application.