LEWISTON – Lewiston Adult Education’s College Transition Program received a certificate of recognition for its new reading curriculum, which focuses on developing students’ critical thinking skills.

The award was given by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and the New England Literacy Resource Center at the annual College Transition Conference held on Nov. 16 in Durham, N.H. Ann Marie Valloti, instructor for Lewiston Adult Education’s College Transition Program, accepted the award.

The program is designed to help students prepare for, be accepted by and do well in the college of their choice. The program, now in its fifth year, recently added reading instruction to the curriculum to address reading deficiencies found in many adult students who wish to enter college.

Often these students are required to take a developmental reading class at their chosen college before they can begin their regular college coursework. Valloti designed and implemented a reading component for the existing academic curriculum, which includes instruction in math, writing, and study skills.

As a result of the new class, she sees a dramatic difference between initial reading scores and exit reading scores. In fact, most students are now able to raise their scores enough to enter into regular college classes. This saves the students time and money.

The program is free and open to adults who have earned their General Educational Development or Adult Education Diploma. The next session will begin the week of Jan. 24. For more information or to register, call Lewiston Adult Education at 795-4141.

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