• Accelerated Supported Instruction

  • Accelerated supported instruction combines enhanced academic and language support with additional student services, including referral to on and off campus support services, career navigation and job search assistance, and guidance throughout the program.

    This approach enables students to work on reading, writing, math and/or language skills, or pre-college (remedial) courses at the same time they are working on college-level certificates or degrees, clearing multiple levels with one leap.

    One model uses a team-teaching where students work with two instructors in the classroom. One provides college-level technical skills training and the other teaches basic skills in reading, writing, math, or English language. This model is often referred to as Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training, or I-BEST.

    Another teaching model helps non-native English speakers, immigrants and refugees learn English language skills that are used in particular vocation. College-level instruction combines language education with instruction in job-specific skills. This model is called Vocational English as a Second Language, or VESL.

    MHCC offers a number of Career Pathways that utilize this accelerated supported instructional approach with either the I-BEST or VESL model. These Career Pathways are intended for students who:

    • Are new to college
    • Have tested below college level in reading and/or math
    • GED completers
    • Non-native speakers of English
    • May need additional academic and support services

    For more information about Career Pathways with accelerated supported instruction, including a description of available programs, application steps, and FAQs: https://www.mhcc.edu/CareerPathwaysSupport

    Career Pathways are short-term education and training programs (less than one year) in high-demand occupations that help students advance their education and employment goals.

    Career pathways offer multiple entry and exit points that enable students to earn a credential, gain valuable work experience, and then come back to college. Students are able to pursue both education and career advancement over a course of time that meets the needs of their professional and personal lives.

    For more information about Career Pathways in general: https://www.mhcc.edu/CareerPathways/