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Academy for Adult Learning

Application Deadline Extended

The application deadline is extended to April 18, 2014.

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About the Academy for Adult Learning


Photo: the Academy students and mentors in 2010A four-semester certificate program providing individuals with intellectual disabilities an authentic college experience while developing vocational skills and career aspirations.

Academy students take academic courses in addition to a weekly seminar exploring college life and career options based on their interests and goals. All Academy students are required to complete a semester long weekly internship on Temple's Main Campus.

Each Academy student is matched with a mentor who is a matriculated Temple student. All students participate in a wide variety of activities, events, and organizations within Temple University.

Basic Principles


  • The program is an authentic learning experience.
  • Academy students determine and direct the support they need.
  • Academy students select their own course load according to their own interest.
  • In addition to their academic courses, Academy students are enrolled in a weekly seminar focusing on building success in college and in the work place.
  • Academy students complete a one semester, weekly internship located on Temple's Campus.
  • Academy Students develop relationships with other Temple students to gain support and guidance in reaching positive academic, career, and personal goals.

Program Requirements


  • Students must have an intellectual disability as documented through the County Office of Intellectual Disabilities/Mental Retardation in which the student resides
  • Age 18 to 26
  • Have the ability to pay for classes through service funds or privately
  • Have transportation to Temple's campus
  • Available to attend day and evening classes
  • Participate in extracurricular activities for a minimum of 10 hours per week

Mentors


Each Academy student is matched with a student mentor who supports the individual in accessing Temple University's many resources. Current Temple students in good standing are recruited, hired, trained, and supervised by Academy staff at the Institute on Disabilities to serve as effective mentors. Academy students are expected to participate in recreational and social activities as part of the overall college experience.

Program Components

Each Academy student is matched with a student mentor who supports the individual in accessing Temple University's many resources. Current Temple students in good standing are recruited, hired, trained, and supervised by Academy staff at the Institute on Disabilities to serve as effective mentors. Academy students are expected to participate in recreational and social activities as part of the overall college experience.

Seminar

Weekly seminar is a full day, mandatory class where students engage in a variety of activities and practices geared at broadening their knowledge in a range of subjects on adjusting to college life, self-awareness, and career development. Each seminar also provides technical support to enhance student's computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite and Internet access.

Performance Objectives:

  • Assess personal strengths and challenges as they relate to career exploration and development.
  • Utilize career resources to develop a knowledge base that includes global occupational objectives.
  • Relate work ethic, workplace relations, workplace diversity, and workplace communication skills to career development.
  • Apply knowledge gained from individual assessment to a comprehensive set of goals and an individual career plan.
  • Develop strategies to make an effective transition from school to work.
  • Relate the importance of lifelong learning to career success.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point) Microsoft Publisher, Internet navigation.

Internship

Academy for Adult Learning students are required to complete a semester-long, three-hour weekly internship. The purpose of completing an internships is to provide students with work experience that will continue to develop basic employment skills such as attendance, punctuality, following directions, and co-worker relationships. All internships are located on Temple's main campus. Each student is placed according to his/her interest of employment.

Courses

Based on interest and employment goals students are required to take two academic courses each semester, in addition to the Academy seminar. These courses can be typical college courses or continuing education courses offered on campus. Currently all Academy students are enrolled in the Pan-African Studies Community Education Program (PASCEP) that offers academic and continuing education classes in the evenings.

For more information about the program or about becoming a mentor, contact:


Kathy Miller
Telephone: 215-204-9395
Email: millerk@temple.edu

Applications


Application Deadline Extended: The deadline is extended to April 18, 2014.

A new participant application is now available.

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