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Adult Education and Literacy

Enrollment Protocol As We Begin to Turn the Page on COVID-19

There should be no higher priority than the health and safety of our AEL participants.  As such, and in response to what we hope to be the tail-end pandemic environment; we want to thank each and all front-liners for doing your part in providing much-needed educational services while adhering to CDC and state government guidelines. We appreciate your efforts in promoting patience and cooperation from our number one resource – our students; as we slowly transition our program and services back to face-to-face learning in order to return back to normal.  Together we can continue to function safely and take personal measures to protect ourselves as well as those around us. SWTJC-AEL is committed to continue to provide the services that will no doubt address the literacy and training needs necessary to open doors for our participants in this recovering and growing economy. As such, AEL will slowly phase back in face-to-face instructional delivery and maintain an online option for eligible participants to choose between as they account for their own risk and do what they are most comfortable with based on vaccination status, community case-load, and/or subject matter experts/science.

Masks are no longer required on SWTJC campuses however, volunteer use of them is perfectly acceptable as we gradually move towards in-person instructional delivery.

Prospective participants shall engage with Contact Centers in order to schedule face-to-face and/or online appointments with AEL personnel:

Contact Centers:

Crystal City – (830) 374-2828
sescamilla@swtjc.edu

Del Rio – (830) 703-1586 or (830) 703-1572
yrcariaga@swtjc.edu

Eagle Pass – (830) 752-1761
mpbernal@swtjc.edu

Hondo – (830) 584-7027 or (830) 426-2018
llsapp@swtjc.edu

Uvalde – (830) 278-4391 or (830) 278-5208
dmperez@swtjc.edu

Main Office – (830) 591-7385
ael@swtjc.edu

New Student Orientation (NSO):

  • Face-to-Face option for NSO is available by appointment to minimize traffic or;
  • Schedule/Conduct online NSO via Teams/Zoom (blank documents shared or emailed)
  • Program POC (Point of Contact) information is shared
    (phone #s, best times to call, emails, webpage, social media, etc.)
  • SEF (Student Enrollment Form) is filled out over the phone
  • Student submits (via encrypted email; dropbox; mailed in) required eligibility documentation to local sites
    {If in-person - CDC/Govt. recommendations apply}
  • Student is screened to minimize exposure risk (SWTJC-Survey-see attached)
  • Students are scheduled sporadically to come in and be baseline assessed (NRS approved)

Remote Testing Option: [For students not wanting to show up in person]

  • Face-to-Face baseline/post option is available by appointment or;
  • Regional Assessor’s who have undergone training can opt. to remote test
  • TABE 11/12 Pre/Post Remote testing (as available for 18+ yr. olds)
  • BEST Plus Pre/Post Remote testing (for 18+ yr. olds)

Instructional Delivery:

  • Face-to-Face instruction will be phased in on a limited basis or;
  • Students are scheduled sporadically to come in and accumulate 12+ face to face instruction hours (hybrid: w/remote instruction)
  • Students are provided a class syllabus
  • Students are transitioned to remote instruction
  • Classes are conducted via a combination of Teams & Zoom platforms
  • Remote Instruction Call Log Sheet is utilized (see attached)
  • GED Ready Vouchers are provided to eligible participants
  • Students are placed in supplemental DL Curriculum options
    (Aztec Software; USA LEARNS; CA Distance Learning; Skills Tutor)
  • Student is screened to minimize exposure risk (SWTJC-Survey)
  • Students are scheduled sporadically to come in and be post-progress assessed or remote option

TXCHSE: [OnVue a.k.a. online proctored GED testing]

  • In-person GED exams are available through the SWTJC-Uvalde Testing Center
  • Online GED Testing continues contingent on meeting criteria
  1. Computer; Webcam; Internet (on-site or at home)
  2. Private workspace
  3. 18+ years of age
  4. Green GED Ready score
  • Can check-in up to 30 minutes prior to scheduled session or 15 minutes after session
  • Can cancel session up until test time in contrast to 24 hrs. in advance via F2F session

Resources to Support Remote Instruction:

  • Chromebook (student)
  • Surface Pro (Instructor)
  • DL Curriculum Options
  • GED Vouchers (are available through August 31, 2021)
  • Math Call Center (now available)
  • Open Labs
  • Teaching/Testing without demographic limitations


The SWTJC Adult Education & Literacy Program is a federally funded project (since 1973) that provides adults the opportunity to improve their literacy levels, thereby increasing their ability to function in the complex society and job market of the 21st Century. The project operates an 11 county region that includes Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Kinney, La Salle, Maverick, Medina, Real, Val Verde, Uvalde, and Zavala counties.

What is Adult Education and Literacy?

Adult Education and Literacy provides comprehensive English literacy services with basic instruction in reading, writing, and mathematics to adult learners. In addition, adult education programs provide workplace literacy services and family literacy services. Performance indicators include placement in, retention in, or completion of, postsecondary education, training, employment or career advancement in addition to receipt of a Texas Credential of High School Equivalency or GED. In communities across the Lone Star state, adult students gain the education necessary to find and keep jobs working in the highly-skilled occupations that increasingly characterize the Texas economy. AEL programs help Texans build a strong foundation of academic skills in order to fulfill their roles as workers, parents, and citizens/community members.

How Do Adults Participate in Adult Education and Literacy?

There are several qualifications an individual must meet in order to be eligible to participate in an adult education class. He/she must be at least 17 years of age (16 if court ordered) or older. Additionally, he/she must lack a high school diploma and/or function at or below 12.9 grade education level, and not currently enrolled in secondary school. New to AEL starting in 2018 - 2019 will be the Academy Model approach to ensure that students can more directly identify a program of study within services that address their objectives.

SWTJC-AEL Prime Objective:

Transition to Higher Ed.; Training; and/or the Workforce.

What’s your Why?

I want to learn English.  Why? - to get a job. = Career Academy

I want to get my GED.  Why? – to enroll in college. = College Academy

I want to learn English.  Why? – to get my Citizenship. – Life Academy

Because we are your How.

AEL Models