If you’re a follower of this blog, you’ve seen post after post we’ve written about the success of Project Rise. We’re obviously proud of what we do. What makes our program so great is the one-on-one attention we’re able to give our participants. This individualized counseling, along with extensive preparation for the GED/TASC and job readiness training has allowed so many participants to reactivate their professional, educational and personal lives.
A. started PR feeling insecure about her academic ability despite having specific career goals. To hide her insecurity, she focused more energy on the people around her and neglected her own academic goals. With the help of Project Rise staff, she began to take Project Rise more seriously 4 months into the program. Since then, she has become incredibly focused in class and has started a coveted internship at a local hospital. What’s more, A. has noticed the shift in her own attitude and has often referred to the “old her” and the “new her” as she speaks with classmates and program staff.
I sat down with Natalie, a recent Project Risegraduate, to talk about her experiences with the program.
Me: How did you hear about Project Rise and what made you sign up?
Natalie: My mother. She saw the Project Rise advertisement in the Kingsborough Community College Brochure. My family is run on tough-love so she basically threw the brochure at me and told me I needed to get my G.E.D (I swear she is a very kind and funny woman). But I did like how they offered a paid internship and work readiness. Heaven knows I had no job experience.
Me: You just graduated. Congratulations! What did you like most about the program?
Natalie: Generally I liked the whole package. The fact that I was going to be able to study and take the G.E.D. for free and have a paid internship along with obtaining college credits not to forget we had the chance to work on the Urban Farm, it was great…still is.
Friday, October 10th marked an important milestone for members for Project RiseCohort 5: graduation! This cohort was one of the most active and engaged groups we have seen with the number of students earning their GEDs, completing internship hours and staying enrolled surpassing previous cohorts. This group was so engaged, they even designed their own graduation t-shirt, sashes (made by a fellow classmate) and yearbook filled with photos and stories of their year with the program. Graduates were presented with heartfelt messages from staff members along with their certificates and celebrated with friends and family members who encouraged their success. Congratulations, Cohort 5!
Project Rise will be having an Information Session on Tuesday, September 23rd for our upcoming October cohort. If you’re interested in signing up for this info session, fill out our quick online survey and a Project Rise representative will be in contact with you to discuss eligibility and sign you up.
Project Rise is CEWD’s GED/TASC preparation program that provides educational and employment opportunities for young adults (aged 18-24) who have not been enrolled in school and employed in the previous 6 months. Read more about KCC’s Project Rise by visiting our previous blog posts.
In their most recent newsletter, NYC’s Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) released a statement about Project Rise and the recent success these programs have had increasing high school equivalency attainment rates, internship participation, employment rates and college enrollment:
“During the first three quarters of 2014, providers saw each of these outcomes rise. For example, 43% of participants in the most recently completed class earned their HSE—an all-time high for Project Rise providers—and 35% of participants completed their internship, a substantial increase from the previous class. The sites achieved these goals by relentlessly focusing on outcomes, shifting strategies based on participant needs, and by learning from each other.”
If you want to see how successful we’ve been with helping students reach their academic and employment goals, check out our most recent statistics. I’d say KCC’s Project Rise is doing a pretty amazing job!
New York State now offers the TASC Test Assessing Secondary CompletionTm, instead of the GED, but it’s worth seeing how all exams compare. Take a look at this great infographic from TASC comparing the three:
Project Rise is a CEWD initiative at Kingsborough that provides educational, internship and employment services to young adults. We prepare participants for the GED®/TASC exam, supports the development of work readiness skills and provides opportunities for participants to acquire gainful employment.
Interested? Here’s an updated snapshot of Project Rise at Kingsborough:
You’ve probably heard mention of Common Core lately. It’s the new standard of learning for K-12 education in the US, which sets academic standards in math and literacy, and has just been accepted by New York. From the Common Core website: “The standards were created to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life, regardless of where they live.”
The TASC®, the new alternative to the GED® in New York, has begun a gradual alignment with Common Core Standards with full integration by 2016. But what does that mean for adults who left school before Common Core was introduced? At Kingsborough’s Project Rise, administrators and instructors have been attending training through the Young Adult Initiative and the Youth Development Institute specifically geared toward Common Core implementation as it pertains to TASC®, acquiring any and all material they can to help students prepare. From preparation resources to practice tests, Project Rise participants of all ages will be prepared for the new test. As for TASC®, they have posted a small resource guide for learners who want to know more.
If you are interested in learning more about Kingsborough’s Project Rise, visit us on the blog, or contact us at 718.368.6600 or ProjectRise@kbcc.cuny.edu.