Community Action, Inc. was awarded Family Self Sufficiency funds through the Head Start Program in 1993. The funds created learning centers in the communities of San Marcos and Kyle, Texas. Adult literacy services provided included General Education Development (GED) preparation and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. The Kyle Learning & Career Center became a state model where it housed one of the first “One-Stop Centers.” The San Marcos Learning Center closed and the Kyle Learning & Career Center changed its name to the Kyle Learning Center. In 2005, the Kyle Learning Center relocated to a new building within the Saddle Creek Apartment Complex on the east side of IH-35. Because of the work done in the field of adult education, in 1999, Community Action, Inc. was asked to take over the adult education cooperative program in our area. This expanded our adult education program to nine other counties in over 20 additional sites. Community Action, Inc.’s Adult Education Program provides services in ten rural counties surrounding Travis County. Core services are provided for adults with limited mastery of basic educational skills; adults who do not have a high school diploma; or who are unable to speak, read, or write the English language. Day and evening classes are available in many communities. Computer literacy classes are offered intermittently at designated sites. Basic workforce skills are integrated in instruction. Appropriate referrals are made to agency programs in assisting clients in achieving economic self-sufficiency. In the year 2000, Community Action, Inc. partnered with Hays CISD to write a grant proposal for English Literacy Civics (EL Civics). The State of Texas granted only seven awards. Hays CISD and Community Action, Inc. were awarded the grant and established one of the first EL Civics programs. The following year, Community Action, Inc. joined Round Rock ISD, Lockhart ISD, San Marcos CISD, and Leander ISD in writing EL Civics grants. All five were awarded. Community Action, Inc. continues to partner with four districts in providing EL Civics instruction. They include Hays CISD, Lockhart ISD, San Marcos CISD, and Leander ISD. Community Action partners with local area organizations to deliver adult literacy services. Typically, Community Action, Inc. provides the instructor’s salary; training for the instructor; administrative support and classroom materials. Contributions from community partners vary and are negotiated individually. Contributions may include facilities, transportation, child care, utilities, textbooks, supplies, and maintenance. Community Action, Inc. partners with local workforce boards, workforce centers, community colleges, correctional facilities, churches, housing authority, public libraries, Head Start programs, and school districts.
Student Eligibility Those Eligible to attend: Any person 18 years old or older living permanently in the U.S.
17 year-old students may attend with a copy of a withdrawal form from the last school they attended.*Keep a copy of the withdrawal form in the student’s portfolio. Attach another copy of the withdrawal form to the student’s registration form & forward to Terri Schiemenz at the main office. Students who have been home schooled or who have just moved to this area must obtain a withdrawal form from the school in their area where they would have been required to attend.
16 year-old students may attend with a copy of an official court order and a withdrawal form from the last school they attended.
*Keep copies of the withdrawal form and court order in the student’s portfolio. Attach copies of the withdrawal form and court order to the student’s registration form & forward to Terri Schiemenz at the main office Individuals who have not finished high school are eligible for ABE/GED classes. (ESL students may have a high school diploma or higher education.)
If you have any questions or concerns about student eligibility, contact the Community Action, Inc. Adult Education Director, Jon Engel.