BPCC partners with A-Kid’s-Choice Educational Services Foundation

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Bossier Parish Community College and A-Kid’s-Choice Educational Services (AKCES) Foundation recently announced a partnership providing a vocational literacy reading program to students currently enrolled in the Program for Successful Employment (PSE) at BPCC.

BPCC’s Program for Successful Employment (PSE), a “first-of-its-kind” program designed to provide access to college for students with cognitive disabilities and/or autism who are seeking vocational training to lead to successful employment, began in January 2014.

Through the partnership, A Kid’s Choice Educational Foundation will donate $15,000 to further serve students with learning differences and will partner with PSE to enhance the vocational educational experience of PSE students by offering vocational literacy classes using both the Wilson Reading System in collaboration with proven teaching strategies such as Landmark Teaching Principles developed at the Landmark School, an internationally recognized leader in the field of language-based learning disabilities. These powerful teaching strategies taught through the Landmark Summer Outreach Program provide practical and effective strategies with over 40 years of proven academic success.  Additionally, similar strategies from Strategic Instruction Models (SIM) from the University of Kansas allow students to manage their learning differences.  The main goal of the literacy class is to increase reading levels of PSE students’ level that will allow and promote vocational success.

“Partnering with A Kid’s Choice Educational Services Foundation offers PSE students a unique, exciting opportunity for turning past challenges into tomorrow’svocational strengths,” said Rebecca Hanberry, PSE Director at BPCC.  The vocational literacy class will give PSE students the tools, strategies, and skills they need to better succeed in tomorrow’s workforce.”

A Kid’s Choice Educational Services Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization focused on increasing access to literacy development for all people with learning differences of any age, from elementary to career transition, thus creating new possibilities of successful learning for all students.