In DC, more than one in three adults functions below the most basic literacy level – a statistic that correlates strongly with poverty. What’s more, children of parents who have not graduated high school are much more likely to drop out themselves. So Academy of Hope provides Adult Basic Education, equipping students with real-world skills in technology, math, reading, and writing. Some study for the GED or the National External Diploma Program (which offers credit for life experiences); others pursue rigorous IC3 computer certification. A career pathways program prepares students for the high-demand fields of hospitality, healthcare, and office administration, complemented by job placement services. And extra support helps students overcome additional barriers to success, such as transportation, mental health, and housing needs. Serving 600 individuals annually, Academy of Hope brings real hope to this generation – and the next.
Academy of Hope has continued to provide high-quality education through its distance learning programs. In fact, 13 adult learners earned their high school diplomas in Spring 2020. It expanded its health, business administration, and information technology career offerings to include a new phlebotomy certification launching in January 2021, and more classes for the popular Certified Nursing Assistant program. Adult learners are gaining audio-visual skills, mastering virtual meeting technology, and working with telework-based collaboration tools such as Microsoft Teams and Slack – all while earning high-level Microsoft Office certifications and developing leadership skills.