Change Education with Edmentum: Edmentum™ College & Career

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 -- Eric Swanson

Eric Swanson, Group Product Manager at Edmentum, continues our series ”Change Education with Edmentum” by introducing Edmentum’s proven online curriculum, assessments, and preparation tools to help adult learners excel in college and/or career, Edmentum College and Career.

Did you know?

  • Only 63% of adults taking the GED® test* passed it in 2011.
  • More than 50% of students entering two-year colleges and nearly 20% of those entering four-year institutions are placed in remedial classes.
  • Nearly 4 in 10 remedial students in community colleges never complete their remedial classes.
  • Less than 25% of remedial community college students ultimately complete college-level English and math courses.

Economists say that over the next decade, the U.S. workforce will need 22 million college graduates, but the country is expected to fall short by 3 million. Edmentum College & Career can be part of the solution to this problem!  We provide proven online curriculum, assessments, and preparation tools to help adult learners excel in college and/or career.

Edmentum College & Career provides rich resources to engage, motivate, and empower adults to take control of their own learning.  We help adult learners to transition to the next step in college or career – whether it is developing the foundational skills to prepare for credit-bearing college courses, passing a high school equivalency exam, gaining an employability credential, filling skills gaps before taking a college placement test, or passing a high-stakes exam to be able to practice in their chosen vocation.  And our anytime, anywhere access makes it easy for them to succeed on their own schedule. 

Sheryl Hart, Educational Technology Manager for the Arizona Department of Education, is using Edmentum College & Career assessments and courseware to help adult learners in their Adult Education program master foundational skills.  These learners are mostly female, younger than 44 years old, high school drop outs, and 41% are unemployed and 19% are not in the workforce.  To help them make academic progress faster, Arizona DOE began assessing the students and grouping them by their skill deficits into skill specific classes.  This made it easier for the instructor to teach them appropriate material and work with more students at once as they all had the same needs.  They also used course customization to help meet the unique needs of each learner.  And with the pre and post assessment, the instructor knows when the learner is ready to move on to new material.  The result of their intensive Adult Education program has been that 61% of the learners in this difficult population have shown educational gains.

*GED® is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education (ACE) and administered exclusively by GED Testing Service LLC under license.