Job-Training Programs Make Remediation Relevant

Jennifer Whitney for The Chronicle

Sheila Ortega, at work in a retail market in San Antonio, hopes to earn a degree after completing courses 
in the I-BEST program at the Alamo Colleges, which combines job training with remedial instruction.
July 14, 2014

A few years ago, Sheila Ortega was scrubbing floors at a local grocery store, a high-school dropout with no clear path out of poverty. Today Ms. Ortega, 23, has four certificates in manufacturing skills and big plans for the future.

What turned her…

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