General Information

Here is some general information about the Brockton Educational Center for Adults that will be helpful to you as you become part of our community.

 

Assessment / Testing

All new students at BECA are required to take an assessment test which includes English and Math. This test aims to evaluate the level of English and Math proficiency. Back to top

 

Registration

Enrollment forms , Application forms and course lists with starting dates will be posted in the center’s office. Interested students will be interviewed by the academic advisor and the course instructor prior to admission to any course. Back to top

 

Withdrawal

Students withdrawing from classes must complete the appropriate withdrawal form available in the administration office. Failure to officially withdraw from a course will result in an incomplete (I). Lack of attendance or course abandonment does not constitute a drop or withdrawal. Back to top

 

Senior Citizens / Public Assistance Recipients

Community members who are 60+ years of age and public assistance recipients are eligible to enroll in certain programs (i.e. ESL/GED) at a discounted tuition rate. Back to top

 

Attendance

Students are expected to be on time and attend all scheduled class meetings and clinicals. Matters of a more serious nature (extended illness, death in family, etc.) may be validated as an approved absence.  These will be determined on a case by case basis.  Students granted an authorized absence may be required to provide documentation (doctor’s note, copy of obituary, etc.) upon request. Anyone with unexcused absences, exceeding 15% of the training, will receive an incomplete. All lectures, material and assignments missed during that time must be made up prior to completion of the program. Back to top

 

Absences

Regular school attendance is crucial to progress and success academically. Students should contact the school office or the instructor if they will be tardy or absent. It will be the student’s responsibility to arrange for make-up assignments and tests with the individual teachers. In the event of a prolonged illness or extenuating circumstances, a leave of absence will be granted and he/she may return in the future. In such cases, it may be necessary to repeat the program in its entirety. Excessive absenteeism can result in poor academic performance or failure of a course. Back to top

 

Grading System

A non-numeric grade is assigned to all courses

  • S = Satisfactory
  • U = Unsatisfactory
  • I = Incomplete – Student has made satisfactory progress in a course and has completed most of the coursework except for a final exam.
  • W = Withdraw

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Student Evaluations – Satisfactory Progress

BECA’s administration monitors the progress of all its students. Every student, regardless of grades, will receive a written academic report at midterm of the course. If a student is not making satisfactory progress or is not meeting the essential qualifications, assistance will be available. It is students’ responsibility to request additional academic assistance. Back to top

 

Holidays

BECA will follow the Brockton Public School holiday system excluding winter and spring vacations and the Jewish holidays.

*No school activities on Friday & Saturday. Back to top

 

Cancellation due to Inclement Weather

The center will follow the Brockton Public School system weather cancellation policy. A voice mail message will also be on the center’s phone stating whether or not class has been cancelled. Back to top

 

Children on Campus

No children allowed on campus. Back to top

 

Computer Lab

BECA’s students will have access to the computer lab only during school hours. Students are expected to use the school’s computers responsibly and productively. Students must have a staff member’s permission before operating a computer. Students must access only those files that they have created or that have been created for their use. Computers are provided for schoolwork.

  • No Gaming, listening to CD’s or surfing for personal reasons
  • No food or drinks are permitted in the computer labs
  • Do not alter the computer settings
  • Do not download or copy software

Students who engage in such practices or any other practices deemed inappropriate by the Director will be subject to disciplinary action. Back to top

 

Smoking

Smoking is prohibited on all BECA premises. Back to top

 

Cell Phones and Electronic Devices

Cell phones must be turned off or on vibrate while class is in progress. Students are expected to pay attention to the lessons during class. If a student has a particular reason to take a call, he/she should excuse him/herself with the instructor and take the call outside of the classroom and in an area that will not disturb any school operations. Any material or assignments missed while taking such a call must be made up by the student. Other electronic devices, e.g., iPods, CD players are not allowed. Back to top

 

Dress Policy

Students are expected to wear suitable attire in order to promote a positive self-image and to keep the learning environment free from distraction.

Examples of unacceptable clothing:

  • Clothing that is torn, stained, or disheveled
  • Clothing with suggestive themes such as but not limited to violence, hatred, sexual explicitness, or derogatory in nature to any person or group
  • Tank tops, tube tops or half shirts

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Weapons are Not Allowed

Students are forbidden to bring a weapon of any kind on school premises. This includes any type of gun, knife or a replica of any type of dangerous weapon. A student who brings a weapon to school is subject to suspension and potential expulsion. Back to top

 

Parking

Free parking is available. Back to top

 

Respectful Behavior is Expected

BECA is committed to providing an atmosphere for learning that is free of any conduct that could be considered harassing, abusive, or disorderly. The school will not tolerate any harassment, discrimination or abuse of any kind. Students must be respectful of each other and of all staff. Back to top

 

CORI

In order for a student to be eligible to participate in an academic or clinical program that involves potential unsupervised contact with the disabled or the elderly, the student will be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check.  Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be ineligible to participate in such activities. The school shall refer to regulations issued by the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services, 101 Code of Massachusetts Regulation 15.00-15.16, as guidance when assessing a student’s CORI records. Back to top

 

Drugs and Alcohol

The use or possession of alcohol or controlled substances on school property is prohibited. Students found in violation are subject to discipline up to and including expulsion from the school. Where applicable, local law enforcement may be contacted. Back to top

 

Guidance and Counseling Policies

Our Educational program is designed to promote academic, social, and career development of all students. As an essential part of the instructional program, school counseling helps build a foundation for student learning and academic success.

Classroom Guidance Services

  • Academic planning
  • Career Awareness
  • Decision Making

Coordination

  • Registration of new students
  • Course selection
  • Student Records
  • Testing Program
  • Referral to community agencies
  • College and career information

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Job Placement / Job Search

Preparation begins with a good resume and a practice interview before the student meets with prospective employers. In order to assist students in getting ready for the job market BECA will have a career center where students will find resources about career exploration and scheduled workshops/seminars on the following topics:

  • Dynamic Resume and cover letter
  • Resume Doctor
  • Eating Healthy while job searching
  • Dress for success
  • Strategies for successful interviewing
  • Job fair preparation
  • How to use the internet for job searching
  • How to apply for a job online

BECA does not guarantee a job placement upon completion of any course. Back to top

 

Student Complaint Resolution Process

If a student has a complaint, the following procedure should be followed:

  1. The student is encouraged to resolve the issue with the party involve in an informal manner.
  2. If the parties cannot reach an agreement to the problem, the aggrieved will request a hearing in writing with the grievance coordinator. A meeting will be schedule within three (3) working days. The response of the Grievance Coordinator shall be given to the student in writing within three (3) business days following the meeting.
  3. If the aggrieved is not satisfied with the resolution, the matter will be brought to the Director.  A meeting with the Director will be scheduled within seven (7) business days.  The decision of the Director will be sent to the student within two (2) working days.
  4. Students also have the right to contact The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at proprietaryschools@doe.mass.edu or call (781)338-6048.

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