Autumn Leaves, Vince Lombardi, and Adult Education

What do autumn leaves, Vince Lombardi, and adult education have in common? All three were involved at the 2014 Achieving Credentials for Success conference for GED, HiSet, and adult literacy in Appleton, Wisconsin, (a state in which nearly everybody worships “St. Vince”). This year i-Pathways was pleased to participate in a variety of ways at the conference.

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i-Pathways Outreach Manager, Cindi Celske, had the privilege of personally welcoming Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) staff Josh Blaeser, Jolene Brost (pictured on right), and Todd Meyer as new i-Pathways partners during the conference! We wish them much success and look forward to partnering with everyone at CVTC to help their students succeed in attaining their GED®.

Cindi Celske, who has over 12 years of e-learning experience at Western Illinois University, led two breakout sessions focusing on strategies for online teachers and how to use social media in adult education. The sessions resulted in engaging conversations with participants about both subjects.

At the i-Pathways booth in the conference exhibit hall, numerous educators were exposed to i-Pathways engaging online test-prep curriculum. At the booth, we held a drawing for ten free GED Ready™ practice test vouchers. Congratulations to our winner, Rae Wilde, a teacher from West Bend School District’s GEDO #2 Spartan/Sun Community Program! Rae explained, “We will use these vouchers for our students prior to taking the real GED test at the technical college. The GED Ready™ test is a good tool to see how our students will do on the actual GED test. If the student needs more review, the GED Ready™ gives a prescription of lessons to do from various resources the GED programs are using.” Because i-Pathways is an approved GED Test® preparation curriculum, the GED Ready™ feedback identifies the exact units and lessons in the curriculum on which a student needs to remediate based on their practice test performance. Students greatly appreciate this feature since it is customized to their learning needs.

At the Radisson where the conference was held, the walls were lined by framed photos of the famous former Green Bay Packer football coach, Vince Lombardi, who once said, “If you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives!” Don’t you think those words have great relevance for everything we do in adult education? This conference certainly helped to remind all of us in adult education to strive for our best as we help adult learners reach their own individual victories.

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