By C.N. Staff Writer
The Community College Preparatory Academy (CC Prep) hosted their first annual Friends of the School event in mid-October. The school is an adult Charter School serving D.C. residents ages 18 and up. CC Prep provides support in the development of skills and knowledge needed for successful college entry and entry-level employment.
Students can expect to enjoy a flexible schedule and small group interactions where experienced teachers will assist students with individual learning plans supporting their learning. The school has state-of-the-art computer labs where students can “learn on-line.” The school also offers counseling support to students who need help making sound educational decisions.
The Friends of the School, is a small cohort of individuals who will be tasked with helping raise awareness off the school and raise funds on behalf of the school. The event featured several community leaders from around the community that would all commit to helping grow the school.
The program included a brief speech by the school’s Executive Director, Connie V. Spinner. Spinner has previously served in various educational roles throughout the District and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the school. “This is my dream,” she said. She thought of this school a few years back and has now witnessed its reality.
Chairman of the school’s board, LaRuby May, said, “I’m so proud of Connie and how far the concept of this school has come. This is a needed resource in this community and I’m just happy we are meeting the needs of the people.”
The school opened officially on September 16 and the adult public charter school plans to serve 150 students in the first year and up to 350 students by the third year. The academy seeks to support residents in Southeast D.C., with a particular focus on minority female heads of household living at or below the poverty level; young adults who have been unsuccessful in completing out-of-state postsecondary programs; students interested in online learning; and young adults who are aging out of the foster care system and need college and career readiness skills in order to make a successful transition.
The school has also partnered with Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, providing educational materials and services and business information through the Financial Times Group. Pearson serves learners of all ages around the globe, employing 41,000 people in more than 70 countries. “We chose Pearson because they have a proven track record of quickly and efficiently creating learning programs that meet the needs of students and have the technology to make it a seamless process,” said Spinner. In the District of Columbia, we are experiencing exponential growth in the number of infrastructure engineering-related projects that will be underway for the next 30 years. It is our goal to help prepare these adult learners for the jobs that will be available in the near future.”
Pearson is dedicated to improving the lives of learners of all ages,” said Dave Daniels, President of Integrated Solutions at Pearson North America. “We look forward to working with CCPA on this unique program to help adult learners in Washington, D.C., who need more opportunities to access the education and training that will help them build better lives for their families.”
CC Prep will provide online training in the core skills of reading, math, writing, and computer literacy. Pearson will provide instructional services and solutions, including MyFoundationsLab®, Pearson Workforce Education and Propero™ self-paced courses; mentoring; and live, on-demand online tutoring.