Jul 18, 2024  
2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

GED/HSE, ESL, CCR, Developmental Math, and Go2Work

Build your skills in transitional education programs.

The School of Transitional Education is designed to help you achieve the most from your college education and succeed in college-level courses. Students who place into transitional education courses must enroll in the transitional education courses, including sequent English and mathematics coursework, within the first 30 semester credit hours.

Here are some resources that can assist you.

Placement Assessment: At the beginning of your first semester, unless you have previous college credit, ACT or SAT scores, you will be placed in classes that best meet your needs. We offer Accuplacer assessments in mathematics, reading, English and computer skills proficiency.

Developmental Math: Developmental math classes are provided to help you succeed in your college-level math classes. Additionally, developmental math classes will help to prepare you for a college major. Based on the Accuplacer score, you may be placed in a developmental math class that prepares you for a 100-level courses for Liberal Arts, Statistics, Integrated Math, and college-level career math courses. Also, based on the Accuplacer score, you may be placed in a developmental math class that prepares you for college-level College Algebra and Finite Math courses. The developmental math classes will help you to build the knowledge and skills needed to successfully achieve your academic and career goals.

College Composition and Reading (CCR): The College Composition and Reading courses integrate and conceptualize reading and writing skills across the disciplines in each course. This accelerated learning program prepares students for a rigorous academic environment. Based on the Accuplacer score, you may be placed in a CCR class that can be taken concurrently with a college-level course in a discipline strand of Communications, Science, Social Science, Arts and Humanities, or Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses. Additionally, based on the Accuplacer score, you may be placed in a CCR class that can be taken concurrently with an ENG 121 course. The CCR classes prepare students to succeed in college-level courses. 

Learning Labs: The learning labs are a great resource to support you in being successful at CMC. Learning labs offer help in mathematics, reading, writing class assignments, High School Equivalency (HSE) preparation, studying to take the Accuplacer, and college-level courses. Work at your own pace and level in small groups or one-on-one with tutors or instructors in the areas you need assistance.

English as a Second Language (ESL): Instruction for English Language Learners is designed for limited and non-English proficient students. Classroom instruction focuses on developing a student’s life and work skills. Students improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in leveled classrooms from low beginning through advanced. All students must be pretested upon enrollment to determine their appropriate instructional level.

High School Equivalency (HSE):

High School Equivalency tests (GED, Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), and HiSET) preparation classes and retesting are available at CMC.  HSE preparation classes are provided at many of our campuses. The GED test has four subjects (math, social science, social studies, and reasoning through language arts).  The GED test is only offered through online testing.

The HiSET test has five subjects (Language Arts - Reading, Language Arts - Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies).  The HiSET test is offered through both online and paper testing.

The TASC test has five subjects (Reading/Language Arts, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies).  The HiSET test is offered through both online and paper testing.

After successfully completing the HSE test, the student will receive a Colorado High School Equivalency Certificate from the State of Colorado Department of Education. Some campuses offer the HSE test in Spanish. 

GED® College Ready and GED® College Ready+ Credit

In January 2016, the GED Testing Service announced GED® College Ready and GED® College Ready+ Credit performance levels. These two new levels signify college readiness and academic credit equivalencies respectively. 

What are the Performance Levels on the GED® Test?

The GED® test has a range of 100 -­ 200 Scaled Score points and is subdivided into four performance levels:

Performance Level 1: Below Pass (Scaled Scores 100 -­ 144)

Performance Level 2: Pass/High School Equivalency (Scaled Scores 145 -­ 164)

Performance Level 3: GED® College Ready (Scaled Scores 165 -­ 174)

Performance Level 4: GED® College Ready + Credit (Scaled Scores 175 -­ 200)

What do Scores at the GED® College Ready Level mean?

Students who score 165 -­ 174 (on any given subject test) have demonstrated college readiness skills.  When students enroll in postsecondary education, scores at this level may enable students to qualify for (1) waiver from developmental education requirements and courses, and/or (2) waiver from placement testing.

What do Scores at the GED® College Ready + Credit Level mean?

Students who score 175 -­ 200 (on any given subject test) have demonstrated skills that could qualify them for the benefits at the GED® College Ready level plus enable them to earn a recommendation to receive college credits when they enroll in a participating postsecondary institution.

College and Career Navigator, Vail Valley at Edwards:  The College and Career Navigator performs duties in support of students enrolled in ESL and high school equivalency (HSE) classes located at the Vail Valley at Edwards campus and CMC locations near the Vail Valley at Edwards campus. The College and Career Navigator helps students to achieve goals of employment with sustainable wages and/or postsecondary or skills training completion through career pathways.

Tutoring: Tutoring is available for students who need additional help to succeed in a course. At times a student requires assistance beyond that which a faculty member can reasonably be expected to provide outside of the classroom. In these situations, the student can request a tutor, or faculty may refer a student to the Learning Labs or to a college counselor if a specific subject tutor needs to be provided. Some sites maintain a list of tutors that will be provided to students upon request. There are various requirements that a student needs to meet to qualify for individual/small group tutoring. There is also a free online tutoring service called Smarthinking that is available 24 hours a day.

Go2Work Programs (Sponsored Programs)

Go2Work Computer Job Skills Workshops are ongoing, FREE, weekly workshops offered in Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt, and other locations. They offer free modularized instruction from basic computers, Microsoft Office, graphic design, and web design. There is also a Career Pathway module that includes online job searches and applications, resumes, online registration/financial aid and study tools. These workshops are offered in conjunction with the CO Workforce Centers and County Health and Human Services. They are open to anyone in the community; those currently in the workforce; those considering college and wanting to update their computer skills; even seniors wanting to increase their basic computer skills and access social media.

Gateway-Link to Success Classes are offered at the Rifle campus. These classes are designed for parents who qualify for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits through the Garfield County Department of Human Services. For information about eligibility for TANF, please visit Colorado PEAK or your local County Human Services office.

Wo/Men In Transition Scholarships and supportive funding can help with the cost of tuition and books and more for parents meeting certain eligibility requirements. This is limited to areas where funding is provided through local grants and contracts.

GarCo Design Works (formerly known as GarCo Sewing Works)  is an industrial sewing training, sustainability and design center located in downtown Rifle. In partnership with Garfield County, GarCo Design Works is an economic development project. The center offers training in sewing, design, marketing, entrepreneurship and small business development to individuals on public benefits and displaced workers referred by the local workforce center. We work closely with CMC students interested in career pathways to local training opportunities and certificates of proficiency that local employers have identified as employment needs.

Family Fridays is a 2 Gen (whole-family) program supporting a robust literacy and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) curriculum to preschool and school age children.  It also offers adult basic education (GED, high school equivalency and English as a Second Language) courses as well as career pathways and family wellness modules for parents.

See more at our website: garcosewingworks.com or Facebook.