Literacy Kansas City is doing great work all around the city, including offering services at MCC-Penn Valley. This recent Kansas City Star article features several successful Literacy KC clients, one of whom we’re proud to call an MCC student.
About GEARS, the Literacy KC program at MCC-Penn Valley
The Guiding Educational Access to Reading Skills (GEARS) program at MCC-Penn Valley launched in 2011 as a transitional reading program to provide remedial instruction to students indicating they would like to pursue a degree or certificate at MCC.
The GEARS program was established because a large percentage of incoming students score low in reading on the Compass entrance exam. The goal of the program is to provide instruction and resources for students to improve reading skills and college readiness prior to taking developmental and college level courses at MCC-Penn Valley.
*Reading instruction based on students’ grade level (3 hours per week during semester)
*Individualized or small group literacy tutoring (3 hours per week during semester)
*Academic interventions through GEARS courses, tutoring, academic planning & class presentations
*Individual counseling regarding academic preparedness
*A range of services & accommodations to help students overcome barriers
*Intervention & programming with special populations
*On-going assessment of processes to assure program quality
*Information regarding how college works, appropriate protocol of a college classroom & the rigors of college