Counseling and Testing Center goes mobile

10:10:20 AM CDT - Thursday, April 21, 2005

By Melissa Lacey

Wichita State's Counseling and Testing Center now can bring its services to area high school students, thanks to a recent information technology grant. The campus IT grant helped establish a mobile computing lab with 10 laptop PCs that can be used for testing at the Westside campus and other locations.

The laptops are outfitted with testing software for the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). CLEP tests measure high school juniors' and seniors' knowledge of college-level material. Appropriate scores allow students to "test out" of and receive college credit for courses such as composition, history and foreign language.

Test preparation software for the ACT college entrance exam is also loaded on some of the computers.

Gayle Veltman, coordinator of testing for the Counseling and Testing Center, recently took the mobile lab on its first mission. A demonstration of CLEP testing was given to Derby High School gifted students.

"We're tremendously excited about being able to work with students in this way," said Veltman. "We see this as a great opportunity for students to get experience and become more comfortable with taking tests on computer."

The IT grant of $6,250 was matched with funds from WSU's Kids Training Team in order the make the mobile lab possible. IT grants are administered by the Office of Academic Affairs and Research for such resources as computers and PDAs. The Kids Training Team is a collaborative effort involving WSU and other social agencies that provides training and resources for mental health service providers who work with children with serious emotional disturbance and their families.

Immediate plans for the lab are to establish testing workshops with the Westside campus and eventually at local and area high schools. WSU's Kids Training team will use the lab for Web-based training. Partnerships may also be made with the offices of undergraduate admissions and housing and residence life for similar workshops.

For more information, contact Veltman at 978-6104 or gayle.veltman@wichita.edu.

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