REYNOLDSVILLE — Jeff Tech (Jefferson County Vocational Technical School)’s Adult Education Program is one step closer to lastly reaching its accreditation standing.
Adult Education Coordinator Megan Bundy stated Jeff Tech utilized for its accreditation via the Pennsylvania Department of Education in 2019.
According to its web site, the PDE is accrediting “postsecondary institutions and programs in the commonwealth whose programs equal or exceed 300 instructional hours, have credentialed instructors and are administered separately from the secondary programs,” it says.
Bundy stated it has been her essential purpose for a number of years to make sure that this occurs.
An accreditation can imply quite a bit for a program such because the Adult Education Program at Jeff Tech, a profession and technical schooling establishment, finally validating the integrity of this system, its curriculum, instructors, and so on.
Career and technical coaching is one thing that has continued to develop and develop in demand from employers within the area, Bundy famous.
One of essentially the most vital shifts after an accreditation is achieved is that establishments might then register their packages “Title IV,” making federal monetary help accessible to college students, in accordance to the PDE. Students can even be eligible to apply for grants and different borrowing choices which might be accessible at four-year universities.
The lack of funding accessible has “barred” lots of college students from reaching their targets, stated Bundy.
Thus far, Bundy says, Jeff Tech has met the standards required for the accreditation. The subsequent step, an total evaluate of this system that might be on web site early this 12 months, will embrace a detailed look at its curriculum, staffing, content material, coverage process and different elements.
This accreditation, stated Bundy, will ship a “community message,” that these packages are valued and stable, coaching college students effectively. Overall, it could be “game changing” for Jeff Tech, its college students and employers.
The Adult Education Program is fulfilling a group want, offering top-notch and revolutionary schooling alternatives inside an affordable time-frame, and at an affordable price, whereas making ready these college students to instantly enter the workforce and have profitable careers.