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Keeping Us Connected                 

Volume 2, Issue 3, November '08


Bass Lake Workshop


The Central Region Consortium chair Gary Mendenhall and coordinator Sue Clark, hosted a Contextual Basic Skills Workshop, at the Pines Resort at Bass Lake, November 12-14. Tina Bloomer, Workforce Education Policy Associate for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges for Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) was the keynote speaker.


Annie Cavagnaro speaking to the Bass Lake participants

Anne Cavagnaro discussing the Math Infusion Model


Columbia College, College of the Sequoias, and Fresno City College presented models for their basic skills programs. The AWE team Anne Cavagnaro, Craig Johnston, Lynn Martin, Meryl Soto, and Adrienne Webster shared the "Academic Wellness Educator's" success for addressing basic skills with 1st Year Experience, X-reg, ESL, Spring Review, Math Fusion, Reading Apprenticeship and Connecting the Dots.


Adrienne Webster sharing some AWE resources

Adrienne Webster sharing the AWE packet


Craig Johnston speaking to the Bass Lake participants

Craig Johnston speaking to the workshop participants


SLOs for Basic Skills





Kathy Schultz one of the Student Learning Outcome mentors shared several SLOs for basic skills that can be adapted and modified as needed.

  • Students will know how to discuss and describe technical terms.

  • Students will describe and demonstrate the three ways communication flows through an organization.

  • Students will provide written evidence documenting an analysis of relevant material.

  • Students will express themselves clearly when writing or speaking about _________.

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of basic ________ terminology and understanding of major ________ concepts.

  • Students will make progress toward becoming self-reliant and independent learners.

  • Students will be able to read, interpret and apply information from written materials relevant to the course.

  • Students will effectively organize, present, interpret and summarize quantitative information.

  • Students will demonstrate ability to relate and interact effectively in teams consisting of individuals with different interests, genders, backgrounds and professions.

  • Students will make ethical use of data, information, hardware and software.



“Hewlett Leader in Student Success”

Celebration Luncheon


AWE Celebration luncheon in the Cellar

AWE Celebration Luncheon in the Cellar Restaurant



A celebration luncheon was served on Friday, November 7th, in honor of all the Academic Wellness Educators. Several of YCCD Board members and YCCD Chancellor, Roe Darnell attended.


Columbia College's award for the Hewlett Leaders in Student Success, was also featured in "The News" a community college "League of California Quarterly Publication".

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact Adrienne Webster, Anne Cavagnaro, Meryl Soto, Lynn Martin, Karin Rodts, Craig Johnston or Melissa Colón. Check out the AWE Web site.