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Finally, WFT/CE offers a wide variety of community education classes to area residents. (See
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While many of these courses are designed to enable participants to learn new hobbies and
skills, the Division also conducts a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)-
based Summer Camp Program each year. In FY2012, 585 students from kindergarten through
sixth grade participated in science, math, and technology-based summer classes. These week-
long classes provide fun and exciting “hands-on” science classes and laboratories specially
designed to encourage elementary students to pursue further science and technology courses
in secondary and postsecondary school. Our goal is to create a more science-literate citizenry
that pursues science-based careers upon graduation from college. This program is self-
supportive, funded by student fees, several foundation grants, and EITC Foundation funding,
which when combined, allows the College to provide a high-quality STEM-based program that
offers 60 full scholarships to low-income and Latino students. Without community support,
many of these students would otherwise be unable to attend this educational program.
Adult Basic Education
The Adult Basic Education (ABE) program is in alignment with the College’s mission and goals.
The course work for ABE and English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) students is aimed at providing
instruction in math, reading, writing, and English acquisition skills. The mastery of these skills
enable students to obtain employment, retain employment, or improve employment by having
the necessary academic skills to enter post-secondary training and educational programs.
ABE partners with other state agencies to contact and serve students. Those agencies include
the Department of Labor, Health and Welfare, the Department of Corrections, and the Office of
Vocational Rehabilitation. Over 900 students were provided academic readiness testing,
advising, and instructional services in the 2012 fiscal year in EITC’s ABE program. The average
cost per student was approximately $471.00. This was possible through efficient use of
resources.
Our rural outreach classes are also available throughout our nine-county service delivery area.
Currently, ABE offers outreach classes in Challis, Rexburg, and Island Park, Idaho. Outreach ESL
classes are offered off-campus in Idaho Falls and in Rexburg.
An extensive data collection system is utilized by ABE. It includes the database (IMAS), quarterly
desk audits, and course data reports. The number of students, ethnicity, rural/urban status, age
groups served, academic progress, retention rates, and course evaluations and outcomes are
evaluated throughout the year and in a final annual report. Course evaluations consist of
students’ evaluations, instructors’ evaluations, and an administrative observation each year.
After thorough analysis of each of these components, procedural, content, or scheduling
changes are made to provide quality services in response to students’ needs.
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