Literacy Spotlight: College of DuPage

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This week the Illinois State Library spotlights the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.This week’s story covers a young woman who was diagnosed with a learning disability and frustrated with school. She dropped out in the 8th grade. With little education, she was unable to obtain steady employment and quickly realized she needed to complete her high school equivalency to become more self-sufficient. She enrolled in GED preparation courses, but was unable to complete them. To make matters worse, she sustained a brain injury in an auto accident, resulting in additional learning and memory issues.

The woman left GED preparation classes and joined the Adult Basic Education program. She continued to struggle and almost dropped out of the program altogether, but she was placed with an experienced tutor to work in a one-on-one setting. They began to work together at a slow pace  in an environment more suited to the woman’s needs.  Almost  immediately, she began to respond and her scores improved. Progress is slow, but she continues to build reading and math skills necessary for her transition to GED preparation coursework. She is more confident that she will obtain her GED and walk across the stage with her fellow graduates.