U.S. Highway 56 becomes Kansas Avenue upon entering the city limits of McPherson, Kansas, home to the McPherson County Learning Center. With a unique view that encompasses Oak Grove Park, Wall Park, and Lakeside Park, its location at 906 E. Kansas Avenue is one of the most scenic of all the ESSDACK Learning Centers. In addition to the high school diploma completion program, ESL classes are offered to help non-native speakers gain proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking English. Students who have small children are welcome to bring them to the supervised playroom while they attend classes. The McPherson program also utilizes community services and resources to offer unique educational and recreational opportunities that meet the needs of students both in and out of the classroom. The dedicated, caring staff members are committed to the immediate and long term success of every student.
The ESSDACK Learning Center concept began as a performance-based high school diploma program in 1996 in three central Kansas locations. The program has evolved and expanded into community learning centers across Kansas.
Crucial to the Learning Center success is the support of the sponsoring high schools, many of which also utilize the program as an alternative for traditionally-aged high school students, both as dropout prevention and credit recovery. Courses meet the standards of the district issuing the diploma. The computerized delivery system is consistent in all of the learning centers, but the program is individualized for each student both in content and schedule. The students work at their own pace and set their own goals and timeline. The addition of totally virtual delivery in 2005 allows for anywhere, anytime learning. The addition of a career development component in the fall of 2006 helps meet long term goals of students. The flexibility of the courses allows each student to juggle employment and family responsibilities while earning his or her diploma.
Each learning center has adapted to meet the needs of the community it serves, and the staff partners with other organizations and agencies to provide a variety of services to all members of the community. Stop by one of the fifteen centers listed on the website to find out more about who we are and what we do.