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Hi there,
I am writing from sunny Arizona to share some concerns we have here with low-level literacy students. We find that in our literacy programs in Yavapai County, students come and start working on computers and then realize that the software is too difficult. Then when they realize they have to do one-on-one tutoring, they feel discouraged and drop out. In the GED program where I work, I find that students who come as ABEI seldom return for class or stay with us if they do. I sense that these students realize that they have a long way to go to get their GED after taking the TABE assessment and give up on themselves. 
Yesterday I was speaking with the literacy program coordinator, and we agreed to start using a referral form to send students between our programs. When I get lower students, I will refer them to her, and when she gets higher students, she will keep them for a short time until they feel successful in her program and then she will send them to me.
What successful motivators do any of you have that could help us with student retention?  We would be glad to hear of your success stories.
Tina Luffman
GED Instructor

Tina Luffman
Instructional Specialist, ABE-GED
Verde Valley Campus

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