Innovative Adult Ed “Learning Pods” Blend Academics with Work Skills

Haluski, Latvian bread, fruit smoothies, upside down cake….now this is school!

Jessica perfects her stovetop teqhniques“There are a lot of amazing facts I’ve learned, especially since everything we cook, we start from scratch,” says Jessica. “This program made me very interested in baking, cooking, and gave me an idea of where I wanted to start in college.”

Over the winter, Adult Ed students in our “Cooking” pod have been building work and life skills (while strengthening their math and science) by learning to prepare, cook, and serve meals to TTC staff and other students.  TTC’s “learning pod” system is designed to motivate Adult Ed students by helping them apply knowledge and skills in real contexts that build skills that can be stepping stones to jobs.

This month we’ll be “building” more new skills and knowledge as a “Basic Carpentry” pod has just begun that will focus on tool use and materials understanding.

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“[The student] has made significant gains in reading. Her MAP reading score in September was 156 and on the first percentile. We have just finished our spring testing and she is now on the 45th percentile with a score of 188. She is now performing at grade level. All around, she is much happier and confident. Her parents and I can see a big difference in attitude.”
— Teacher, Grade 2, Bennington, VT.

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