College and Career Readiness at Richmond Community College has a new class format that targets specific weaknesses that are preventing people back from completing their high school education.
Implemented in March 2014, Managed Enrollment places people in appropriate classes for their skill level versus enrolling all students together in a “lab” setting.
“Students are now being placed in classes with other students who have similar skill levels, so our instructors can focus on specific weaknesses and challenge students to work on strengthening the skills they are lacking,” College and Career Readiness Director Sherry Byrd said.
Four levels of reading, language and math classes are offered, and students attend these two-hour block classes Monday through Thursday. Students change classes so they are working with more than one instructor, and instructors assign homework to reinforce lessons and encourage students to be responsible for their own education.
“The Managed Enrollment concept is a more orderly and efficient classroom model than the open lab model we were using,” instructor Carol Norton said. “As an instructor, I like it better because I can concentrate on only teaching math with a group who started at the same time instead of having new students enter each week. Students have given us feedback that they like it better because they get more in-depth instruction per subject, which allows them to learn faster.”
While the classes focus on reading, writing and math, students also gain computer and typing skills, a necessity for completing the now computer-based General Education Development (GED) exam.
Classes are offered anywhere from six to nine weeks, depending on the academic schedule.
“Toward the end of the classes, students who show progress will advance to the next level; otherwise, they will have to repeat their classes,” Byrd said. “The ultimate goal is for them to reach a level to earn high school credits toward a diploma or be prepared to take the high school equivalency exam.”
New students who enter mid-class term must wait for the next round of classes to begin, but they are placed in a Technology and Transition Lab, which teaches them good study practices, time management, note taking and basic computer skills. They also begin improving weak academic areas.
“We are always preparing students to advance to another educational level, and this new classroom model allows our students to progress successfully and confidently,” Byrd said.