Our approach to college readiness involves exposure and behavioral practice. Throughout the year, students are systematically exposed to college-level texts, lectures, syllabi, norms, and requirements. This step-by-step process allows students to become comfortable with the depth and breadth of material that they will encounter in college. Students practice what they have learned in order to solidify gains, to build independence, and to cultivate an identity as college-level learner. There is an opportunity to take a college course in the second semester with WCP support and feedback.
Moving beyond the classroom, a year-long service-learning component is woven into the fabric of the WCP experience. Service-learning promotes deep, experiential knowledge acquisition, fosters personal growth, and promotes the development of real-world social skills.
True college readiness involves multiple providers and services. Life coaching, college placement services, and psychological testing can be coordinated through WCP.
WCP students are eligible for our virtual support program once they are in college. Individual coaching sessions are provided to help college students navigate every facet of college life from interacting with the disability support office to visiting professors during office hours.
Reading and writing skills develop over time and instruction in these areas is important at the post-secondary level. At WCP, our reading and writing tutors work with students to determine baseline skill levels and then to increase college readiness skills in the areas of decoding, reading fluency, comprehension, vocabulary and advanced reading strategies. Written expression skills include grammar and punctuation, essay writing, and college research writing.
At WCP, young adults in transition from high school to college have the option of receiving individualized life coaching sessions. Students participate in a thorough intake process that includes determining baseline levels of academic, social, and emotional functioning.
Creating shared goals and executing a highly individualized plan is designed to improve areas including time management, executive functioning, budgeting, employment, nutrition, fitness, effective communication, and relationships.
Service learning involves internship or volunteer experience that enhances the academic experience. Research shows that service learning promotes academic development, fosters civic responsibility, and promotes the development of real world life skills. WCP has an extensive list of internship and volunteer opportunities for young adults.
This is a supportive process that includes identifying areas of interest, sampling internship or volunteer opportunities, and building independence as students prepare for college. Students attend internships weekly and receive support from WCP via email, text, skype, and/or in person sessions.
Classes begin on September 3, 2019. Please contact Lauren McBeth for additional information or to arrange a tour.