“Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.”
Horizonte Summer Session plus experiments have begun. High school age students and adults are mixed, which is experimental, during the 8:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m., Monday through Friday schedule. Evening classes are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Plus, for the motivated and ambitious, a Monday 6:30-8:30 p.m., for seven Mondays, Post Horizonte Advisory.
So far less than a dozen adults and one high school age student are participating. But those that are appear motivated and ambitious! The high school age student is 16, a junior African American. All the adults are Hispanic including two ladies. They all want to graduate as soon as possible and pursue School of Applied Technology (SAT) technical training opportunities.
Teacher response to the mixed day classes is mostly positive. There is more classroom decorum with adults included. Everyone is more focused. However, a few of the ESL adults’ English skills are lagging and requiring a lot of extra one-on-one help.
The Post Horizonte Summer Advisory is instigated as part of a desire to provide adult SAT scholarships to adults graduating during the year in addition to the annual Horizonte scholarship awards in conjunction with June high school commencement.
Partnering with the SAT, which will match Horizonte scholarships, a goal of 100 Horizonte adults to SAT this next school year has been set. We are seeking at least two other funding partners to help. Once the word circulates that adult Horizonte-SAT scholarships are available we anticipate great demand for the much needed assistance.
The first hour of the Monday night advisory provides introduction to the rigors and expectations of higher education. The second hour offers SAT advisors who share insights into specific certificate programs, costs, job prospects and potential hourly pay. Preparation for required adult testing is also a priority.
By the end of July we should have a sense of student need and donor support.
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