FVSU to offer Free COMPASS Test Workshop for Adult Learners

March 13, 2015 – Adults and military personnel who want to begin their college educations to receive an advantage in the professional world can do so by attending Fort Valley State University’s free COMPASS workshop, which will take place May 4-14, Monday through Friday, from 5 p.m. to 9.p.m. at the Warner Robins Campus, 151 Osigian Boulevard, Warner Robins, Ga.

The workshop, entitled Advance2Go, is designed for adults 25 years and older, and is supported by a grant from the Complete College Georgia Plan.  This program, whose goal is to add 250,000 post-secondary graduates to the state’s employment rolls by 2020, was started in 2011 by Governor Nathan Deal.

“We are very excited to have received funding for this initiative,” said Dr. Jean Wacaster, chair of the Adult Learning Consortium Committee on campus.  “Our ultimate goal is to increase the enrollment and graduation rates of nontraditional students and develop a culture that is more accommodating for adult learners.  Advance2Go will help us to achieve this goal.”

Advance2Go at Fort Valley State University gives aspiring adult college students the support they’ll need to increase their success on a university campus.  The two-week workshop will assess and provide competency-based instruction in math, reading and writing skills for the COMPASS exam. The skills sets are taught by instructors trained in several content areas, with extra one-on-one assistance given by mentors.  At the start of the program, students will be given a pre-test to assess their academic skills in the content area of reading, writing and math.  According to their needs, they will then be given intense instruction in the areas that require remediation.

In addition to providing COMPASS-related instruction, Advance2Go is tailored to offer instruction in learning and personal strategies, career counseling, Prior Learning Assessment evaluation (receiving college credit for acquired skills and on-the-job learning), strategies for studying, financial management and tips for applying to college.

According to Dr. Wacaster, “Our goal is to provide adult learners with the support, tools and motivation they need to complete a four-year degree.  With appropriate advising, students will have a planned course of study and be able to begin their work without remedial courses.  FVSU has been named a military-friendly institution, and has an ongoing interest in reaching military personnel.  The Advance2Go program will provide the support and resources to evaluate military learning experiences that may apply toward college credit.”

Previously, the university charged for its COMPASS preparation courses, but thanks to the grant from the Georgia Governor’s Office, adult learners can now enjoy this workshop free of charge.
To register, contact Wacaster at (478) 825-6858 (wacasterj@fvsu.edu), or Imani Hawley, Program Assistant at (478) 953-7423 (ihawley@wildcat.fvsu.edu).




Christina D. Milton, public relations specialist

Marketing and Communications

(478) 825-6319, miltonc@fvsu.edu