Minot Adult Learning Center serves local community

Jen Brodal/MDN Jennifer Kraft, left , director of the Minot Adult Learning Center, welcomes in Minot English language learning students Marianela Read, Aracely Leanos and Blanca Guzman.

The Minot Adult Learning Center, located at 1609 4th Ave. NW, has wrapped up registration for its third session programs of the four held during the academic year.

Jennifer Kraft, director, describes the two main education branches of the state- funded center. Free adult education class sessions are available to obtain a GED certificate and English language learning classes.

Under the two main education umbrellas the center offers, Student Services Coordinator Sylvia Fisher said, “We also have another program we started this year. Students can learn their CNA (certified nursing assistant) license while they are doing sessions for GED or English Learner courses. The goal being to graduate here with their CNA license in hand, ready to start working.”

“Certified nursing assistants are in high demand currently,” said Kraft.

“Depending on the level of care and clinic setting, “there is a lot of opportunities in this field,” said Fisher.

Minot Public Schools also offers Adult Community Ed programs through the Center. Whether an interest may arise in technology, arts and enrichment, wellness, or community outreach, courses like pottery or Google Sheets tech class, “are programs we run to offer leisure time activities to the community at a reasonable price,” said Kraft.

“We have access to Ramsted pool, and a beautiful computer lab. We have our pulse out and antennas up on what is trending in the community,” said Kraft.

Participants of each of the programs need to be 18 years or older and GED and English Language Learner courses are self-paced. No supplies are necessary.

“You don’t need anything but your open mind,” said Kraft.

Two other programs operate through the Adult Learning Center: The Literacy Volunteers, which houses books and facilitates their volunteer tutoring program within the Adult Learning Center and the Minot Public Library, and Students in Transition for homeless students of Minot Public Schools to provide students and their families with the basic needs to stay in school and find success when experiencing homelessness.

Program facilitators also prepare students or anyone interested in job readiness. Each month the Center holds a Job fair where interested candidates can communicate and apply for area employment, said Kraft.

Spring registration for the fourth learning session of the Adult Learning Center academic year begins March 13 for GED preparation and academic review, and March 14 for English Language Learners classes. English language learner classes begin from zero to minimal English skills to very well and proficient English speakers, with a series of four workbooks and facilitators helping with pronunciation, learning and skill every step of the way, as well as citizenship test preparation classes, said Kraft.

For more information on adult education or community education classes call 857-4488 or visit www.minotadultlearningcenter.com.


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