CTEP AmeriCorps Member
CTEP Program Description:
The AmeriCorps Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) bridges the "digital divide" for new Immigrants and low-income communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Join AmeriCorps CTEP and help make the information age accessible to all. CTEP is a project of Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN).
Site History and Mission:
Adult Options In Education (AOIE) is an Adult Basic Education (ABE) program providing structured academic classes for individuals over age 17 in need of GED preparation; English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for refugees and immigrants who are limited in their English language abilities; and Workforce Education programs to upgrade basic education skills of working adults. AOIE classes are free of charge. The majority of our students are not employed due to their low level or non-existent English language skills (speaking, reading, writing) and/or lack of a high school diploma or GED. Lack of income and/or resources limits our student's technology skills to the very basic level which hinders their ability to obtain employment and training to increase potential income.
The AOIE program was created over thirty years ago by the Community Education Departments of the Hopkins, Minnetonka, and St. Louis Park school districts. AOIE school districts support our programming by providing classrooms and offices in three community educations sites. School districts also provide outreach, networking, and adminstrative support to the staff and programs. In 2014-15, AOIE enrolled over 2,000 students, logging in over 143,000 classroom hours. Over the past five years, AOIE has expanded class offerings beyond ABE, ESL, GED preparation classes to include Managed Enrollment and Career Readiness classes, Online Learning, Career Pathways Exploration, College Readiness classes, and an Employment Navigator to provide job search skills.
Preferred Site Schedule for Member:
Thirty-seven hours per week, Monday through Friday. One evening scheduled per week (Tuesday or Wednesday). The schedule is highly flexible when class is not in session as we follow the Hopkins School District's academic calendar.
In addition, members attend professional development days with their fellow CTEP members to enhance service-readiness skills, personal attributes at the service site, and citizenship skills. These Corps days take place twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Fridays from 9 AM to 4 PM, and these trainings are mandatory. Members also attend statewide AmeriCorps events, such as the Martin Luther King Day celebration, and/or serve on the statewide InterCorps Council.
CTEP members teach technology literacy skills to adults or youth as they relate to obtaining employment and improving civic and social opportunities. The CTEP Member will teach specific software skills, such as how to use the internet, word processing, email, and teach workforce readiness classes geared towards English language learners using interactive software.
- Assess the digital literacy skills of ABE students in order to assist students to develop and implement a plan to earn Northstar Digital Literacy Certificates.
- Instruct adults in the GED preparation program and immigrants and refugees in the ESL program technology literacy skills. Instruction is designed to ensure students will complete and pass the assessments to earn Northstar Digital Literacy Certificates.
- Track progress of students, facilitate advancement and progression, and report progress as required by AmeriCorps.
- Provide support services, education, and training as it relates to comprehension of technology progression.
- Network and build connections with community resources such as HIRED, SNAP, the Blake Road Corridor Project, and the Eisenhower Community Education department.
- Recruit and supervise volunteers.
- Participate in the School & Communities in Partnership (SCIP) meetings to better connections between community resources and work to solve problems together.
- Attend all CTEP AmeriCorps meetings and training sessions as required.
- Attend Adult Options In Education activities as required.
Our classes are held in three school district community education centers. All sites are handicapped assessible and located on Metro Transit bus routes. The AOIE administrative office and Hopkins class site is located at the Eisenhower Community Center, 1001 Hwy. 7 in Hopkins. Our administrative offices, including student registration office, are located on the second floor. AOIE has 9 class rooms on the third floor, a teacher's resource/workroom, a computer lab, and 2 childcare rooms. The CTEP Member will be located in the administrative offices and will spend the majority of the day teaching students in the computer lab. The administrative team includes the consortium coordinator, receptionist, lead secretaty, enrollment manager, and the outreach and marketing manger. Each site has a lead teacher, licensed teachers, para professional assistant, and numerous community volunteers to assist students. Our adminstrative team and site teams are highly collaborative, professional, and support the team effort to deliver a high standard of service to our students. The CTEP Member will need working knowledge of PC computers, Windows software, Internet, and a printer/copier.
How to Apply:
Apply online at my.americorps.gov (http://my.americorps.gov/) and click on “Apply to Serve” (be sure to search for the “Community Technology Empowerment Project” or “CTEP” when asked to indicate what program you would like to send your application to). Contact: Joel Krogstad, firstname.lastname@example.org, 651-298-8918 for more information about CTEP Member requirements.