New Mexico’s TVI and the Center for Working Families Provide Services and Supports to Help Students Succeed (Continued)
Bundled Services and Supports Help Students Build Skills and Stay in School
Many TVI students need to earn a GED before moving into college courses.
TVI’s 25,000 student population is more than 53 percent minorities, with approximately 41 percent Hispanic and seven percent Native American students. Nearly three-fourths of TVI students are employed while attending classes. The reported annual income of 65 percent of TVI students is less than $20,000, and more than 30 percent of students have children living with them. Eighty-one percent of incoming high school graduates need one or more educational development classes to become ready for academic or vocational courses. Many need to earn a GED before they can proceed.
“Many of our students are working one, two, or even three jobs to make ends meet,” says Robin. “If anything goes wrong, school is the first thing they give up. Many students have to take several classes in the Division of Educational and Career Advancement, to improve their basic skills before they can begin college level classes. It’s a very difficult situation for them. The students need help navigating the system and accessing the supports that can help them stay in school and improve their lives. We heard about the Casey Foundation’s CWF concept and submitted a proposal in 2004. Our Center formally began in January of 2005.”
A unique program at TVI made it an ideal venue for the CWF approach: for a number of years, the community college has employed achievement coaches to help students succeed. Located in various divisions throughout the college, the coaches help students stay in school and graduate through providing (1) strategic and comprehensive interventions, (2) information and referral services, and (3) retention and recognition programs. This support structure melded easily with the CWF model which uses bundled services and one-on-one, long-term coaching and assistance to support families in achieving and sustaining self sufficiency.
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