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IU13 Community Education Blog

Anne Weiss

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Staff Spotlight - Marilyn Lydic

Posted by Anne Weiss on Oct 8, 2020 4:05:38 PM

Technology coaching--a role Community Education put into place after switching to online learning--is one of Marilyn Lydic's most rewarding and challenging positions of her 21-year career. Primarily an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor, Marilyn was tapped to assist students as they acclimated to a new way of learning.

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Topics: Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight - Ken Travis

Posted by Anne Weiss on May 29, 2020 11:12:50 AM

Since 1998, Ken Travis has held positions as a high school technology teacher, high and elementary school counselor, principal, and adult educator. Today IU13 celebrates with Ken his most recent accomplishment--earning a doctoral degree from Widener University in March.
In the past 30 years, Ken has worked in education teaching and counseling students of all ages and walks of life. Noting that “learning has helped me personally as well as professionally” Ken has earned three master’s degrees--M.A. in counseling, M.Ed. in school counseling, and an M.Ed. in English as a Second Language.
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Topics: Adult Education, esl

Student Spotlight: Mirta Sanchez

Posted by Anne Weiss on May 29, 2020 10:16:32 AM

Mirta Sanchez joined High School Equivalency (HSE) classes at PA CareerLink in January. Despite health issues contributing to chronic pain, Mirta was a dedicated student and generous classmate, regularly bringing treats for all and giving words of encouragement. Mirta was also the class photographer, as evidenced on our Facebook!
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Mirta has taken a break from class to focus on volunteering--packaging
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Topics: Adult Education

Stronger Together

Posted by Anne Weiss on May 29, 2020 10:02:35 AM

IU13 Community Education students have always been recognized for their perseverance in learning while juggling work and home responsibilities. Today we thank them for their dedicated service during the Covid-19 pandemic--employment that is essential, whether in health care, manufacturing, or grocery stores and volunteer efforts. These students work full time or part-time, home school their children, and take care of family members while still joining Zoom classes and participating in teacher-directed online learning.
The work our learners are doing puts them at risk, yet their overwhelming response to their source of motivation is “I love to help people.” Ashley is a Certified Nurse’s Assistant (CNA) at a local nursing home. She says, “Seeing my residents smile and how happy they are to see me makes my day. Especially now that
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Topics: Adult Education

Studying at Home

Posted by Anne Weiss on Apr 20, 2020 8:26:10 AM

Classes are suspended, but students in high school equivalency classes are still learning. Teachers have contacted all students and assigned them to courses in Khan Academy (https://www.khanacademy.org) and continue to offer face-to-face learning as well through Zoom. Additionally, teachers use What’s App to stay in touch.

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Topics: Adult Education, HSE | GED | HiSET

Cultivating a Growth Mindset

Posted by Anne Weiss on Apr 1, 2020 2:36:19 PM

High School Equivalency (HSE) students may have been out of school for 2 months, 2 years or 20 years+ before returning to the classroom. Some are confident in their ability to earn their diploma; others start class feeling strong and then after a few weeks, feel discouraged.

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Topics: Adult Education, HSE | GED | HiSET

Meet Our Student Advisor Rebecca Loewenstein-Harting

Posted by Anne Weiss on Apr 1, 2020 1:28:08 PM

In addition to supervisors, instructors, and program assistants, each IU13 Community Education site has a Student Advisor. Students first meet their advisor at orientation so they receive support at the very beginning. Initial and ongoing goal setting, barrier support services, transition support services, and student support services are all part of the advisor’s day-to-day responsibilities. Upcoming blog articles will feature the advisor at each site.

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Topics: Adult Education, Meet Our Advisors

Virtual Classroom during Covid-19

Posted by Anne Weiss on Apr 1, 2020 1:08:40 PM

Since the suspension of classes beginning the week of March 16th, HSE (high school equivalency) teachers and students alike have been embracing new technology in order to learn as a community online. 

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Topics: Adult Education, HSE | GED | HiSET

Career Exploration

Posted by Anne Weiss on Mar 23, 2020 4:04:02 PM

Students often enter High School Equivalency (HSE) classes with a career goal in mind. Others are not sure. Student advisors and teachers spend time talking about career exploration and the many options available in Lancaster for post-secondary training, apprenticeships, and the resources offered by PA CareerLink, where daytime classes are held. Students have also expressed interest in joining the military and advisors are able to bring a recruiter to meet with those learners.

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Topics: Adult Education, HSE | GED | HiSET

Student Spolight: Sophealin Hul

Posted by Anne Weiss on Feb 26, 2020 2:27:47 PM

Sophealin Hul arrived in the United States from Cambodia and joined high school equivalency classes at CareerLink a few weeks later. In these past six months, she has passed three subject tests and plans to take her final test--math--by the end of February.

Sophealin has accomplished all this while working full-time--3 pm-1:30 am (joining the 9 am class with very little sleep). “I have free time only on the weekend--that’s when I study,” she explains. “You have to try really hard and pay attention in class.”

Sophealin’s future plans include a new job and attending college as a literature major. We wish her the very best!

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Topics: HSE | GED | HiSET