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PEACE DALEâ€“The Education Exchange, first established as the Washington County Adult Learning Center in 1978, will be offering a new three credit college course called Transition to College and Career in collaboration with the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI). More colleges are offering basic skills courses to catch-up students who may have fallen behind in secondary school. Education Exchange offers courses that universities would charge students to take.
Peacedale's Exchange serves primarily students from southern Rhode Island and there are sister offices in Westerly and North Kingstown.
"We currently serve people who have either dropped out, students with or without specific learning disabilities, or people who earned a diploma but still don't feel comfortable to succeed and get ahead in the workplace," said Maryellen Banks the outreach coordinator. "It is not necessarily that the system failed our students, it just didn't work the first time around. Now, we're helping them because 3/4 students who attend CCRI are not prepared. Along with skill building, one of the largest components to what we do is career awareness," Banks said.
The Education Exchange primarily provides GED prep and testing and adult basic and secondary education. The program is now adding work readiness skills. These include student training on presenting one's self to an employer, setting career goals, and polishing or learning resume skills.
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