Breaking the barriers : adult school to college project

Jeanine Curtis, California State University, Monterey Bay

Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department


The transition from adult school to community college can be a dream shattering experience. What can be done to help alleviate the obstacles and issues preventing adult school students from moving on to college and attaining the assets needed for personal and economic advancement? This project facilitated field trips to the local community college for over 150 advanced and intermediate English as Second Language (ESL) adult school learners. At the conclusion of the tour and orientation, data was collected from the students that yielded a wealth of information about the barriers these adult school students face in transitioning to college. By identifying and articulating these obstacles through this project, both institutions have began to work more closely together to implement programmatic changes that should result in a larger number of successful adult school to college transitions.