Special Populations Collaborative

Economically Disadvantaged/All Special Populations

Grossmont College Adult Reentry Program

College: Grossmont Community College

Contact: Nancy Davis, Student Support Services Supervisor

619-644-7615 or Nancy.Davis@gcccd.edu

Target Population: All adult learners facing barriers to education or training (adult learner is defined as 25 or older)

Goals: To provide a place for adult reentry learners to get support, feel accepted, and receive the services they need to be successful.

Description: The Adult Reentry Program is designed to be flexible and respond to the needs of the current students. Each semester starts with two orientations, one in the morning and one in the evening to allow as many to attend as possible. The orientations consist of panels, general information, and peer support.

After the orientation, each adult reentry student participates in a one-on-one intake interview in which their specific needs are assessed and addressed. They are also given a tour of the campus, shown their classrooms, and introduced to teachers. Once the semester in underway, the Reentry staff, hosts a series of Coffee Klatches and workshops that address topics ranging from math anxiety to time management.

Other topics include: Dealing with computer fear, Internet research methods, School Balance, Speaking and Interpersonal skills (Toast Masters comes in for this workshop), Success after 40, Generational and cultural issues in college and the workplace, Dealing with divorce, Resiliency in a world of nonstop change, Project Success, which teaches learning disabled students reading, speaking, and writing skills needed to get and keep a job, Soft skills needed for work, Money management, Career assessment, and Labor Market Information. In addition, the adult reentry staff hosts a Career Fair with over 600 companies and businesses invited from Los Vegas to Southern California.

The Adult Reentry Center also has an Advisory Committee that includes members from the business involved in the career fair, students, teachers and staff from campus, as well as community leaders and members.

Staffing: The Adult Reentry Center is staffed by one full time coordinator and one part time assistant. Additional staffing would allow for more comprehensive services to be offered. A designated counselor is needed.

Facilities, equipment, materials: The Adult Reentry Center is housed in a small room in the career center. Larger facilities and a place for the students to meet as needed.

Costs, funding source: The funds for the Adult Reentry Center are not specified for the center but are part of a larger budget for the career center.

Outreach and Marketing: Outreach and marketing is done in the community, on campus, and in classrooms, with flyers, mailings, and posters.

Evidence of effectiveness: Currently no evidence of effectiveness is being tracked.

Suggestions for replication: The Adult Reentry Center should be separate from other career centers, counseling, etc. Adult learners frequently donít want to go to the counseling centers, they need a specific counselor and the program needs a full time assistant.