TIME: For Immediate Release
DATE: July 25, 2019
CONTACT: John Tompkins, Communications Coordinator
(281) 756-3551 office
SUBJECT: ACC Receives Renewal for Wagner-Peyser Grant
ACC Receives Renewal for Wagner-Peyser Grant
Alvin Community College received a third renewal of the federal Wagner-Peyser Grant program to help improve developmental education for students.
The college received $394,000 for the third and final phase of the project which is set to begin in the Fall. The grant awards were announced by Texas Gov. Greg Abbot on July 23 for the $5.2 million Texas Talent Connection program.
“For the past two years, we were able to develop a stronger alignment between our degree programs and career pathways,” said Dr. Nadia Nazarenko, ACC dean of General Education and Academic Support. “We also organized multiple professional development activities for best practices in the classroom utilizing technology and learning strategies in the classroom. As a result of this effort, the student success rate increased dramatically.”
The grant was initially awarded in 2017 to develop a co-requisite model for students taking developmental Math and Reading/Writing courses. Some students are required to take developmental courses based on their performance on the Texas Success Initiative test prior to enrolling in college.
The first phase included implementation of small classes with intensive instruction. Students posted higher success rates in those courses through the new program. Student passing rates in the Math program increased from 10 percent to 65 percent and from 25 percent to 70 percent in English since the program’s implementation.
The second phase focused on refining the curricula to allow for expansion of the classes as well as adding an English as a Second Language program.
The last portion of the grant will allow for completion of the co-requisite curricula while also developing a plan to share the college’s methods with other institutions.
Registration for the Fall semester is now open. Classes begin on August 26.
Photo cutline: ACC students work in a Bridge program course in this ACC file photo.