College of Technology Wins Grant to Assist Adult Learners
The College of Technology at Montana Tech and the Powell & Deer Lodge Adult Basic and Learning Education (ABLE) Programs have been selected to receive a $10,000 grant to carry out the Collaborative Model of Aligning Adult Career Pathways Program. The goal of this program is to provide adult learners who use the ABLE programs in Deer Lodge and Powell Counties a Career Pathway to transition to postsecondary education or employment.
"Many adult learners find the process of applying to higher education very frustrating," said Denise Elakovich, Grant Director. "Many adult learners are first-generation college students and need a support system to succeed in college – and the ABLE Programs help to provide that support."
This grant will help the ABLE programs not only prepare people to get their GEDs but also help them to attain a higher level of competency needed to be successful in post-secondary education. Additionally, students at the ABLE centers often need help completing all the requirements necessary for admission into college, such as choosing a career path, applying for financial aid, complying with different program requirements (vocational rehabilitation, etc.), taking assessment tests, and registering for classes.
"We really value our adult learners," said Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of the College of Technology. "This grant will help the College of Technology meet its mission to assist our regional community in fulfilling the needs of our adult learners."