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GED

Barton’s Adult Basic Education/GED Prep class is designed to prepare students to pass the GED exam, thus obtaining a High School credential. This program focuses on the four GED content areas (Math, Language Arts, Social Studies and Science), and prepares students not only to pass the exam, but to pursue further education and training and subsequent entrance into the workforce.

 

GED Scholarships

 

GED students are awarded a scholarship to Barton Community College based on their GED score. Students are provided with six credit hours for passing the exam and are able to obtain scholarships of 30 or 60 credit hours if they achieve scores based on higher requirements. Inmates are eligible to use these hours to take Barton classes inside the correctional facility or after release for either face to face or online classes (scholarship only pays the on-campus rate).  Students are also provided with advisement services by a Barton’s career advisor, to ensure their scholarship hours are used for courses that relate to their career and/or educational interests.

 

GED Testing

 

Ellsworth: Testing at Ellsworth Correctional Facility is scheduled for every other Thursday.

 

Larned: Testing at Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility is scheduled for every other Wednesday.

Hands On

Training

Academic Programs

 

 

64 credit hour Associate’s Degree program:

  • Foundation Studies – 12 credit hours
  • Humanities Requirements – 6 credit hours
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences Requirements – 6 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences Requirements – 6 credit hours
  • Physical Education, Health, Performance Requirements – 2 credit hours
  • Business, Computer, Career Technical Electives or other selected courses  – 35 credits

Associate in General Studies

Associate of General Studies Degree

 

The Associate of General Studies degree is a post-secondary learning opportunity that offers students the chance to participate in required and elective coursework. Students develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and a greater philosophical appreciation for lifelong learning. Depending on coursework selected, students may also gain entry-level work skills suitable for employment post-release.

 

Guidelines

 

• Developmental courses cannot be used to fulfill degree requirements.

• The Associate in General Studies Degree will be awarded upon completion of the planned program of not less than 64 college credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or overall “C.” To be eligible for graduation, the student must have completed at least fifteen (15) credit hours from Barton Community College. Students who remain continuously enrolled from time of entry to application for graduation will be held to the catalog requirements in effect when they declare their program of study, unless a later catalog is adopted. “Continuous enrollment” refers to annual fall and spring semester enrollment (or equivalent) in a minimum of at least one credit bearing course per semester. Should a student’s enrollment be interrupted, they will be held to the guidelines and requirements of the catalog of record at the time of program re-entry.

• Changes to prerequisites and/or curriculum which occur for purposes beyond graduation – e.g. regulatory and legislative updates, third party accreditation or other certification bodies requirements, increased skill demand from industry, employment or transfer requirement changes, or recommended and/or mandated changes from the Kansas Board of Regents or other such entities are not subject to these catalog requirements.

 

Career Technical Education Programs

Current Courses at ECF and LCMHF

AO-K

AO-K provides an opportunity for individuals who don’t have a High School Diploma or GED to work towards earning this credential, also pursuing a CTE credential in a selected pathway such as Welding or Carpentry. The model leverages the presence of a secondary instructor inside the classroom to provide extra student support, and who works alongside the content instructor to team teach and seamlessly integrate the basic and study skills into the CTE classroom.

 

For our AO-K in Corrections initiative we would like to target current or perspective GED students, who have shown consistent attendance and progress, good behavior, and who have 12-36 months left to serve. These students would also have assessment scores placing them in the Educational Functioning Level ranges of 4-6 in reading and 3-6 in Math. This will ensure that students are able to achieve success in both programs, and will also allow us to select students who will be willing to put forth the effort needed to complete two programs simultaneously.

The WorkReady! certificate is a statewide initiative designed to certify a quality workforce and promote economic development in Kansas. The WorkReady! certificate is powered by ACT’s WorkKeys assessment that is designed to give employers and job seekers a uniform measure of workplace skills (applied mathematics, reading for information, and locating information).

Platinum

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Signifies an individual has scored at least a level six in each of the WorkKeys assessments and has the necessary foundational skills for approximately 95 percent of the jobs in the WorkKeys database.

Signifies an individual has scored at least a level five in each of the WorkKeys assessments and has the necessary foundational skills for approximately 90 percent of the jobs in the WorkKeys database.

Signifies an individual has scored at least a level four in each of the WorkKeys assessments and has the necessary foundational skills for approximately 65 percent of  the jobs in the WorkKeys database.

 

 

Signifies that an individual has scored at least a level three in each of WorkKeys assessments and has the necessary foundational skills for approximately 35 percent of the jobs in the WorkKeys database.

Levels

The BASICS Career Advisor works with you to identify goals and educational goals which match your interests. This is your opportunity to gather more information regarding post-secondary opportunities at Ellsworth Correctional Facility and Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility.

 

The O*NET Interest Profile will better help Ms. Serpan evaluate your interests, and provide a better opportunity to meet your education goals. Request an appointment with Ms. Serpan via form 9 after completing your O*NET at the facility resource room.  Be prepared to answer questions about your work history, earliest release date, birth date, and how Barton can help you.

 

Please bring a copy of your O*NET results to your meeting with Ms. Serpan.

 

Partnering with Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility and Ellsworth Correctional Facility, Barton Community College provides students of the BASICS program an opportunity to be recognized for their achievements throughout the previous academic year.  We are proud to recognize students who complete their GED, WorkREADY! Certificate, Career Technical certificate programs, 18 or 32 credit hour certificates and/or Associates in General Studies. Invited guests include BCC administration, staff, associate faculty, donors, Kansas Department of Corrections administration, and student’s family members. Check out the images below from past Learning Celebrations!

Admissions

 

Step 1: Complete Admissions Application - Please note that applying for admission does not automatically enroll you in classes. Follow the enrollment process in the next step.

 

Step 2: Enroll for Classes - Contact your advisor using the contact form below. Your advisor will help you enroll in upcoming courses. (See the Programs section for a full list of available courses)

 

Step 3: Financial Aid and Scholarships - There are many scholarship available to you! Check out the Scholarships section and speak to your advisor about more options!

BCC Foundation Scholarships

 

The Barton Community College Foundation has established a scholarship program supported by donors to assist student inmates with education and training. The Foundation supports the BASICS program by collaborating with the BASICS team in order to identify and cultivate additional donors and expand the scholarship program.

 

BCC GED Scholarships

 

GED students are awarded a scholarship to Barton Community College based on their GED score. Students are provided with six credit hours for passing the exam and are able to obtain scholarships of 30 or 60 credit hours if they achieve scores based on higher requirements. Inmates are eligible to use these hours to take Barton classes inside the correctional facility or after release for either face to face or online classes (scholarship only pays the on-campus rate). Students are also provided with advisement services by a Barton’s career advisor, to ensure their scholarship hours are used for courses that relate to their career and/or educational interests.

 

 

 

Do I need to be present for the Information Meeting to enroll in courses for BCC?

Yes, you will need to attend the Information Meeting to enroll in courses as a new or returning student.

 

How do I enroll in courses for BCC?

To attend the Enrollment Meeting you must have previously attended the Information Meeting. During this meeting you will be required to fill out the proper documentation to enroll into BCC.

 

How are participants selected into the BASICS program?

In order to finalize enrollment you must be selected by a sub-committee that will look at your previous education, unit team referral, DR history, time remaining to serve, program needs, educational case plan, and Accuplacer scores.

 

Am I able to participate in vocational training without having a GED or High School Diploma?

Yes, but only if you are currently in the Adult Education (GED) class. You must have a referral from the instructor to participate in a limited number of slots for specific classes that meet requirements for the A-OK program.

 

What is the A-OK program?

A-OK stands for Accelerating Opportunity in Kansas. This is a program designed to decrease the amount of time it takes an individual to earn their Kansas State High School Diploma and a Career Technical certificate. Since some of the material in Career Technical programs (math, reading, etc.) overlap with the GED a student can participate in both, allowing them to finish quickly and receive the education they need to succeed in the workplace.

 

 

I will not be able to pay for classes. Is there any way for me to participate in the BASICS program?

The Barton Community College Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships to students at Ellsworth Correctional Facility and Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility.  The scholarships are allocated to students who are interest in traditional post-secondary coursework.

 

I am a Veteran can I use the GI Bill to pay for courses while I am incarcerated?

Yes, you are able to utilize the GI Bill while you are incarcerated.

 

Do I qualify for financial aid while I am incarcerated?

No, you are not eligible for financial aid while you are incarcerated.

 

Will these courses transfer to another college when I release?

BCC will work with you to transfer credits earned to the college of your choosing. This service is provided to the student at a cost.

 

I have taken classes at another college before I was incarcerated. Can these courses transfer to BCC?

If you are a degree seeking student and have the time to finish your degree at BCC, we can assist you with the transfer of credit hours from another institution. Most colleges or universities will charge a fee to transfer credits to BCC.

 

How long are the courses in the BASICS program?

This depends on the specific course. Vocational programs can be anywhere from 2-8 months, and general education courses (3 credit hours) are approximately 4 months long.

 

 

What is the O*NET interest assessment, and what is it used for?

The ONET interest assessment is a standardized, 60 question assessment which identifies occupations and career clusters which match the participant’s interests with possible careers.

 

Why do I need to meet with a career advisor before I can participate in the BASICS program?

Meeting with a career advisor will assist you in being placed in the appropriate classes for your defined career pathway.

 

What is Certiport, and the IC3 certification?

The Certiport vocational program consists of 2 courses:

1. Intro to Computers (3 credit hours)

2. Computer Concepts and Applications (3 credit hours)

 

After you complete these two courses you will be required to take the IC3 test which corresponds to the class you have completed. Once you have passed the 3 individual IC3 test’s you will receive the IC3 industry certification, and complete the Certiport vocational program.

 

How do I schedule an appointment to take the O*NET interest assessment?

Schedule an appointment with the resource room at ECF or LCMHF.

 

 

 

 

 

*For any other questions, please request an appointment with Nicole Serpan via form 9.

 

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