Success of adult ed program highlighted at school board meeting
The Middle Peninsula Regional Adult Continuing Education program, or MP RACE, one of the area’s quiet success stories, got a chance to highlight its work during Tuesday’s Mathews County School Board meeting.
Edith Turner, computer resource specialist at Lee-Jackson Elementary School and an adult education teacher for the past 13 years, said that MP RACE is one of the few programs in the state that achieved all of its goals for the past school year.
In order to do that, she said, the program needs to retain its students, have those students show steady and measurable gains as they work toward their GED diplomas.
"We do take pride in holding on to our students," Turner said, adding that she and the other instructors at Mathews have been known to "bribe" the students with chocolate. "Chocolate is brain food," she said.
There are currently eight students enrolled in the program, with four due to take the GED test in December. Last year, Turner said, Mathews had one student complete the external diploma program, which she explained is designed for adults who have not had recent schooling or test-taking experience. Upon completion, the student is awarded an adult high school diploma, rather than an equivalency certificate.
Although this program is somewhat costly, Turner said, the continuing education faculty at Mathews High School secured a scholarship to cover his costs.
"Connecting these dots are so important, and you did it on your own," school board vice chairman Jen Little told Turner and fellow continuing ed teacher Susan Sanderson, commending them for their work in getting the grant funds.
Classes are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at MHS, as well as online opportunities, Turner said.
"We have several of our students in college now. Our program really works," she said.