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Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning

Digital Education Lab Coordinator

Partner Agency: Saint Paul ABE, Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning 
Location:1030 University Avenue W, Saint Paul, MN 55104
Site Supervisor: Renada Rutmanis, ABE Assistant Supervisor

CTEP Program Description:

The AmeriCorps Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) bridges the "digital divide" for new Immigrants and low-income communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul. 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:

Saint Paul Public Schools Adult Basic Education (SPPS ABE) serves approximately 1,600 adult learners each week at the Hubbs Center and a multitude of outreach sites throughout the city. One third of these are U.S.-born adults with basic education needs such as GED obtainment or post-secondary (college/occupational training) preparation. The remainder is immigrants/refugees with English language proficiency goals in addition to basic education needs. Ninety-eight percent of our adult learners are low-income and most seek out computer experience or some kind of digital literacy.

The CTEP member will spend some of their time in the Digital Education Lab (DEL). This lab is shared between CTEP Members and many other teachers and classes. The purpose of the DEL is to provide a space where learners can iprove on their digital literacy skills or quietly study at their own pace and during their own time. For the upcoming program year the CTEP member will emphasize on curriculum building and supporting classroom teachers on embedding digital literacy skill into their classroom instruction.

In the fall of 2013 Hubbs Center opened a second location in east St. Paul call Hub@Harding. The subsite is connected to Harding High School and will be easier for students who live on the east side of St. Paul to access the resource Hubbs Center offer without commuting to University Avenue. This location will also allow community members who previously do not know of the resources at Hubbs Center to connect with those resources at Hub@Harding.

Preferred Site Schedule for Member:

Preferred schedule is Monday-Thursday from 7:45 AM to 4:00 PM at Hubbs Center on University Avenue. The CTEP member will teach Computer Basics at 8:15 AM and 1:30 PM, each class spanning for an hour. Monday-Thursday at Hubbs the member should decide on a specific time to have an Open Lab, when students can come for one-on-one, any workshops, and to be Northstar assessed. On Non-Corps day Fridays, CTEP Member will try to spend their time with an Open Lab at Hub@Harding at 9:00 AM until 1:15 PM. These Open Labs at Hub@Harding should be considered to be workshops as well as opened one-on-ones instructions. On the Non-Corps day Fridays when Hub@Harding is not opened, the CTEP member will return to Hubbs on University. These Friday hours are flexible, so is the end time each afternoon. Some evening hours may also be possible upon request. Having a vehicle will not be necessary to commute between site but would be preferred.

In addition, members attend professional development days with their fellow CTEP members to enhance service-readiness skills, personal attributes at the service site, and citizenship skills.  These Corps days take place twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Fridays from 9 AM to 4 PM, and these trainings are mandatory.  Members also attend statewide AmeriCorps events, such as the Martin Luther King Day celebration, and/or serve on the statewide InterCorps Council.

Specific Site Responsibilities:

The CTEP member will serve adult learners who are enrolled in English Language Learner (ELL), GED, college prep, and occupational prep courses. These learners include immigrants/refugees and low-literacy US-born adults. The CTEP member will be responsible for improving and promoting the Digital Education Lab (DEL) at the Hubbs Center. Specifially, the CTEP member will develop digital literacy standards-based curriculum, refine DEL referral and orientation processes, deliver hands-on workshops for learners and teachers, recruit DEL users, provide overall support to lab users, and coordinate/train work study students and volunteers. In addition to solid computer technology skills, experience in the educational field is a plus -- for example, teaching, tutoring, lesson planning, and/or curriculum writing. Ability to work with diverse individuals is a must.

Site Environment:

The Hubbs Center is a bustling adult education facility. While the CTEP will have her or his own desk space, the office area is open and in close proximity to other special projects staff. Interruptions are common so the ability to both shifts gears quickly and to resume focus on task is helpful.

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, 651.556.1384

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.