Basic Skills Plus offers transitions and career pathway support to students preparing for entry into employment and postsecondary education programs. The North Carolina legislature approved the Basic Skills Plus program in 2010. Approved Basic Skills Plus providers may use up to 20% of their adult literacy funding to provide planned instruction and training for eligible students. Students performing at the adult secondary education level and who are co-enrolled in occupational and adult education courses while earning their adult high school diploma or a recognized high school equivalency credential are eligible for Basic Skills Plus.
Students are concurrently in Basic Skills and occupational courses (either curriculum or continuing education courses). The key advantage for eligible students is that tuition for curriculum courses and course registration fees for continuing education courses may be waived. Students work to earn entry level employment and occupational credentials. Each North Carolina community college has approval to offer Basic Skills Plus programs.
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