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Metro South Adult Basic Education

Partner Agency: Metro South Adult Basic Education 
Location(s): 2575 West 88th Street, Bloomington, MN 55431 (Metro South ABE)
Site Supervisor:  Christine Wytaske, ESL Lead/Coordinator & Technology Integration Specialist, Metro South ABE

Important Note:

Metro South ABE will offer a $50/month additional transportation subsidy for CTEP members. 

CTEP Program Description

The AmeriCorps Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) bridges the “digital divide” for new Immigrants and low-income communities in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area. Join AmeriCorps CTEP and help make the information age accessible to all.  CTEP is a project of Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN).

Site History and Mission

Metro South Adult Basic Education (MSABE) has been providing ABE programming, which includes GED, Adult Diploma, Career Pathways, College Prep, and ESL, in the communities of Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina, and Richfield for more than four decades. One of the largest ABE consortium programs in Minnesota, MSABE has over 2,400 students accessing services yearly. MSABE functions as a bridge, connecting adult learners to important next steps in life. These include new or better jobs, expanded careers, further education, and improved family and community effectiveness. MSABE has worked hard to create programming that meets both the immediate and future goals of our students. Our programming helps students plan their education while at MSABE, and as they move into the workforce or seek postsecondary opportunities.

Preferred Site Schedule for Member

The CTEP service member will work with students and teachers at MSABE four days each week. Fridays can be reserved for research, planning, and CTEP trainings. The CTEP member would serve hours at the Bloomington and Eden Prairie locations, mostly during daytime hours. There may be occasional evening or weekend opportunities if the CTEP member’s schedule allows.

Specific Site Responsibilities

The CTEP service member at MSABE will be serving both English language learners and native English speakers.  These students may be enrolled in ESL, Adult Diploma, GED, College Prep, or Career Pathway classes. The ESL students will be learning beginning computer and digital literacy skills.  The Adult Diploma, GED, College Prep, and Career Pathway students will be working towards certification in at least one of the ten Northstar Digital Literacy Skill assessments as required for graduation. Metro South is currently a sponsor site and is eligible to offer these tests in a proctored environment.

For our program, it would be helpful for the CTEP service member to have prior experience working with a culturally diverse adult population, good interpersonal communication skills, strong organizational skills.  In addition, experience with lesson planning and instruction and knowledge of a foreign language (Spanish, Somali or French) and/or experience living abroad is preferred.

Site Environment

Metro South ABE consists of a main office, classrooms, and two computer labs (one is stationary and one is mobile). The CTEP service member would be housed in an office within the main office and work in classrooms and the computer lab(s) with teachers and students. We also have three carts of Chromebooks that allow students to work online without having to leave their classrooms. Metro South ABE students come from a variety of cultural, emotional, economic and educational backgrounds.

How to Apply

Apply online at my.americorps.gov and click on “Apply to Serve” (be sure to search for the "Community Technology Empowerment Project" or "CTEP" when asked to indicate what program you would like to send your application to). 

Contact: Joel Krogstad, krogstad@spnn.org, 651.298.8918. We are committed to recruiting and engaging individuals without regard to disability, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation.  Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request.  Alternative formats of this document are also available.