COMMUNITY EDUCATION

CONTACT INFORMATION

  • Kawerak, Inc.
    P.O. Box 948
    Nome, AK 99762

  • 800.478.7574
    907.443.4469
    907.443.4470
  • 907.443.6397
  • intake@kawerak.org

Community Education

Kawerak’s Community Education Program (CEP) provides free basic educational opportunities in Adult Education (AE), General Educational Development (GED), and English as a Second Language (ESL). Services include remediation in reading, writing, and math skills, instruction and counseling for participants preparing for the GED. ESL education is available to the local immigrant population. CEP encourages literacy, remedial education, continuing education, and development of future job training skills to help prepare and qualify participants for meaningful employment opportunities and self-sufficiency.

Eligibility

CEP services are free and available to all residents of the Bering Strait Region. Tribal affiliation is not a requirement.

Hours of Operation

CEP is open 4 days a week, Monday to Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CEP is located at Kawerak’s Ublugiaq Building, first floor, offices 123-126, with the CEP Computer Lab in room 112.

Application Procedure

Bering Strait residents in outlying villages can contact the Nome office at 1-800-478-7574. Staff will mail/email/scan enrollment paperwork to village learners. Nome residents can call 443-4468 for an appointment to apply. Participants are required to complete the intake process with CEP staff to be entered into the program

Educational Assessment and Academic Plans

All GED, AE and ESL learners will complete and assessment test to establish academic levels. The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is administered to assess GED /AE learners academic skills in reading and math. Additional testing may be given if deemed necessary by the instructor/tutor. CEP staff will develop an Individual Academic Plan (IAP) outlining the necessary objectives to accomplish academic goals. The academic plans will be reviewed on a regular basis to monitor progress and assist the learner with the attainment of their educational goals. ESL are required to take the BEST PLUS 2.0 and the Best Literacy tests.

CEP uses the ged.com GED Ready Practice Tests to help students narrow down what skills need to be studied. Participants will need to have or create an email account prior to taking the practice test. GED.com has a link to several popular email sites to set up an email account. The GED Ready Practice Tests can be taken at GED.com for a fee. This fee is covered if the practice test is taken, as a participant in the CEP. CEP also offers participants the options of utilizing ALEKS.com and GED Flash for local students to use in our Computer Lab and village students, if they have the available resources to use them.

Once a participant has taken a practice test, the GED.com website will score the test and give automatic feedback on the areas that need to be studied/practiced. The feedback corresponds to lessons from the Kaplan GED Strategies, Practice and Review used by CEP. This is a new and exciting tool for our learners.

Once a participant has scored above 150 on the practice test, they are eligible to take the Official GED test.

GED Computer-Based Testing

The GED Test is a computerized test and requires the test taker to have basic computer and keyboarding skills. There are four tests in the content areas of Reading through Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Science. The cost to take an Official GED Test in a content area is $30.00. This fee is covered for participants in our program who are ready to take the Official GED test.

Official GED tests are only administered at a qualified Pearson Vue Testing Center. The Pearson Vue Testing site in our region is located at Kawerak’s Ublugiaq Building in Nome. The GED learner will schedule the official GED Test with the CEP staff.

For the Official GED Test, a score of 145 points is passing. When a learner successfully passes all four tests, they receive a diploma from Juneau’s Director of Adult Educations Office and are eligible to participate in annual the Northwest Campus/Kawerak Inc. Graduation Ceremony.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESL instruction is available at the Community Education Program’s office. Foreign students who wish to improve their English speaking skills may enroll in CEP. Participants are scheduled for individual one on one instruction, as well as media based instruction.

Participant’s Responsibilities

Learners are responsible for their own progress in completing all practice materials sent to them. Learner’s are responsible for regular attendance to CEP sessions.  Learners who can come to CEP’s offices are required to sign in and out of the CEP. Distance learner participants are required to complete a Distance Contract and are responsible for calling CEP once a week and reporting how many hours they spent studying. All contact and progress are monitored and documented.

Community Education

Kawerak’s Community Education Program (CEP) provides free basic educational opportunities in Adult Education (AE), General Educational Development (GED), and English as a Second Language (ESL). Services include remediation in reading, writing, and math skills, instruction and counseling for participants preparing for the GED. ESL education is available to the local immigrant population. CEP encourages literacy, remedial education, continuing education, and development of future job training skills to help prepare and qualify participants for meaningful employment opportunities and self-sufficiency.

Eligibility

CEP services are free and available to all residents of the Bering Strait Region. Tribal affiliation is not a requirement.

Hours of Operation

CEP is open 4 days a week, Monday to Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CEP is located at Kawerak’s Ublugiaq Building, first floor, offices 123-126, with the CEP Computer Lab in room 112.

Application Procedure

Bering Strait residents in outlying villages can contact the Nome office at 1-800-478-7574. Staff will mail/email/scan enrollment paperwork to village learners. Nome residents can call 443-4468 for an appointment to apply. Participants are required to complete the intake process with CEP staff to be entered into the program

Educational Assessment and Academic Plans

All GED, AE and ESL learners will complete and assessment test to establish academic levels. The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is administered to assess GED /AE learners academic skills in reading and math. Additional testing may be given if deemed necessary by the instructor/tutor. CEP staff will develop an Individual Academic Plan (IAP) outlining the necessary objectives to accomplish academic goals. The academic plans will be reviewed on a regular basis to monitor progress and assist the learner with the attainment of their educational goals. ESL are required to take the BEST PLUS 2.0 and the Best Literacy tests.

CEP uses the ged.com GED Ready Practice Tests to help students narrow down what skills need to be studied. Participants will need to have or create an email account prior to taking the practice test. GED.com has a link to several popular email sites to set up an email account. The GED Ready Practice Tests can be taken at GED.com for a fee. This fee is covered if the practice test is taken, as a participant in the CEP. CEP also offers participants the options of utilizing ALEKS.com and GED Flash for local students to use in our Computer Lab and village students, if they have the available resources to use them.

Once a participant has taken a practice test, the GED.com website will score the test and give automatic feedback on the areas that need to be studied/practiced. The feedback corresponds to lessons from the Kaplan GED Strategies, Practice and Review used by CEP. This is a new and exciting tool for our learners.

Once a participant has scored above 150 on the practice test, they are eligible to take the Official GED test.

GED Computer-Based Testing

The GED Test is a computerized test and requires the test taker to have basic computer and keyboarding skills. There are four tests in the content areas of Reading through Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Science. The cost to take an Official GED Test in a content area is $30.00. This fee is covered for participants in our program who are ready to take the Official GED test.

Official GED tests are only administered at a qualified Pearson Vue Testing Center. The Pearson Vue Testing site in our region is located at Kawerak’s Ublugiaq Building in Nome. The GED learner will schedule the official GED Test with the CEP staff.

For the Official GED Test, a score of 145 points is passing. When a learner successfully passes all four tests, they receive a diploma from Juneau’s Director of Adult Educations Office and are eligible to participate in annual the Northwest Campus/Kawerak Inc. Graduation Ceremony.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESL instruction is available at the Community Education Program’s office. Foreign students who wish to improve their English speaking skills may enroll in CEP. Participants are scheduled for individual one on one instruction, as well as media based instruction.

Participant’s Responsibilities

Learners are responsible for their own progress in completing all practice materials sent to them. Learner’s are responsible for regular attendance to CEP sessions.  Learners who can come to CEP’s offices are required to sign in and out of the CEP. Distance learner participants are required to complete a Distance Contract and are responsible for calling CEP once a week and reporting how many hours they spent studying. All contact and progress are monitored and documented.

CONTACT INFORMATION

  • Kawerak, Inc.
    P.O. Box 948
    Nome, AK 99762

  • 800.478.7574
    907.443.4469
    907.443.4470
  • 907.443.6397
  • intake@kawerak.org