STAHLS Graduation April 28, 2017
Students from the Irving ISD English Literacy and Civics classes received the STAHLS Clothing and Textiles certification which was a 13-week long course that helped adults improve their English literacy skills while learning how to get started in the heat printing decorated apparel industry. Armed with this new knowledge, graduates have a better chance of starting their own business. The Entrepreneurial Program was a collaborative effort between the Irving Independent School District Adult Education and Literacy, the Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Stahls’. This Integrated Education and Training Program (IET) was made possible by supporting partners which included the Dallas County Community College District and Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas.
Irving ISD’s Adult English and Literacy Academy along with the program director, Delia Watley, received a special recognition from Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas this week during the organizations board meeting. The initiative was awarded the “Trailblazer” award for its success in educating adults in the Irving community. Irving ISD’s Adult English and Literacy (AEL) Academy is a program that emphasizes basic skills such as reading, writing, math, English language competency and problem-solving. The program is supported by a Texas Workforce Commission grant provided by Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas.
The program’s success includes:
650 adults participated in the program
89% of the students are parents of children who attend Irving ISD; 10% percent are employees of the district; 1% are community members
7 students passed the citizenship test
10 students are taking the GED practice exam
4 students have been hired or promoted for a job
The Irving ISD’s Adult Education is dedicated to assist parents build confidence in their abilities to communicate in English in order to support their child(ren)'s education. In Irving, 49% of the population speaks a language other than English. Irving ISD is dedicated to the belief that parents are the primary role models for their children and that parent participation in advancing their own education is a strong influence on the educational success and life-long learning habits of their children. Irving ISD has a strong vested interest in supporting and expanding the adult education and literacy program in order to enhance our students’ academic growth.