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Next Generation Zone Success and Expansion

November 01, 2016

WDC Spokane
 
Results at the Next Generation Zone 
Program Success Leads to Expansion
Over the last two years, the number of students enrolled in the Next Generation Zone's GED classroom has more than tripled. The growth and success of the program is due in large part to the partnership between the already existing GED classroom, operated by Spokane Community College, and the Open Doors Reengagement Program. Open Doors provides additional education services and wrap-around case management to students who have dropped out of high school. Together, SCC and Open Doors staff provide a robust GED program that tailors to a wide array of learners. During the 2015-2016 school year there were 88 GED graduates from the Next Gen Zone, more than a third of all GED graduates in the entire Spokane Community College district. 
 
Rapid program growth has led to space constraints. Last year, an average of 85 students were using our 650-square-foot classroom each month. We realized the need to expand our footprint in order for our program to have the capacity to serve more students. 
 
 
We are proud to announce that last month we opened the Next Generation Zone Student Engagement Center on the third floor of the current building; the new space is nearly five times larger than our previous classroom. Thanks to generous support from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Inland Northwest Community Foundation, Bank of America, and YouthWorks, we were able to transform the new space into a 21 st Century learning lab. The new space has a classroom, testing room, computer lab, collaborative learning tables, student lounge, and cafeteria. One month after the move, teachers and students are reporting better use of study time and increased effectiveness as a result of the new space.  Please come tour our new facility; contact Jessica Clayton, SAWDC Program and Development Director, at  jclayton@wdcspokane.com   
Watch the video for a visual tour of the Next Generation Zone

 
 
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SAWDC CEO Mark Mattke and CCS Center for Workforce and Continuing Education Executive Director Sara Sexton-Johnson presented earlier this month at the National Council for Workforce Education's annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Their subject was Partnership and Pathways for Workforce Success,which provided attendees with details on how the collaborative effort between the SAWDC and Community Colleges of Spokane supports our region's economic development and has yielded results for workers and businesses. 

 


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