The Bismarck Public School district's Adult Learning Center (ALC) was recently awarded the Adult Basic Education grant from the North Dakota Dept. of Public Instruction (NDDPI) and will move to managed enrollment.
The ND Department of Public Instruction's Adult Basic Education grant also introduced a restructuring of adult learning facilities into eight regions throughout the state. According to Valerie Fischer of NDDPI, the strategic regional division will better serve North Dakota's adult learning population. For over three decades, the BPS Adult Learning Center has served Burleigh, Morton and nearby communities. Now the center, located on the Bismarck State College campus at the Technical Center, will be the hub for adult educational assistance services for Bismarck, Mandan, and all of Region Seven which includes the ten counties of Oliver, Sheridan, Sioux, Morton, Mercer, McLean, Grant, Kidder, Emmons, and Burleigh.
Services provided at the ALC include English Language proficiency, adult literacy, GED, basic skills updates, college and career readiness, Displaced Homemakers, computer literacy, career pathways, and career planning. Classes will run in six-week sessions for morning and afternoon schedules as well as 12-week sessions for evening schedules starting in the August 2017. In the past, the center has operated classes on an open enrollment basis taking in new students every two weeks. The change to managed enrollment, which starts in August 2017, will mean there are only four times in a school year when the center will take new students on a first come, first served basis. Summer classes will operate the same way and will be offered as funding allows.
The BPS Adult Learning Center is located on the Bismarck State College campus in the Technical Center, 1200 College Dr., Room 136. For more information on schedules and dates to enroll, call 701-323-4530.