Area Learning Center - Alternative School Information

Program Overview

The East Central Area Learning Center (ALC) is a state-approved alternative learning program that helps students who have “experienced challenges succeeding in the formal school system.” We offer a learning environment that adapts to our student needs through small-group work  and individualized learning plans that are specifically written for each students’ needs.

Program Philosophy

The ALC focuses on restoring hope. Our program works on credit recovery as well as gaining life skills so that graduation means every individual is college and career ready. Credit recovery is delivered through project-based learning opportunities and an online curriculum as well as taking in-person courses through the traditional East Central High School. Students work with licensed staff as they learn at their own pace in a supportive environment. Our approach  at the ALC is grounded in the understanding that every individual who enters our program comes with their own unique needs and dreams, and our staff works with every student to develop a plan centered around those so that each student has every opportunity to experience hope and success.

Prospective Students & Enrollment Process
Students interested in attending the ALC should first talk with their school’s guidance counselor and meet with East Central’s principal to determine eligibility. Afterwards, a meeting with the ALC staff will be scheduled. This meeting will cover academic goals as well as personal interests and career aspirations. That information creates the Continual Learning Plan (CLP) which will guide the student's learning and be reviewed throughout the student’s time at the ALC and modified as learning takes place. 

ALC Staff

Joy Class has been teaching in the East Central School District since 2013 and at the ALC since 2019.

Contact Information:

email: [email protected]
phone: 320.245.6027

Education History:

Associate of Arts, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (2003)

Bachelor of Arts in English, The College of St. Scholastica (2005)

Master of Arts in Teaching, The College of St. Scholastica (2014)

Kathryn (Kathy) Vadnais began teaching at the ALC in 2021.
Contact Information:
email: [email protected]
phone: 320.245.6027

Education History:
Bachelor of Science, University of Arizona (1987)
Master of Arts in Education, Hamline University (1998)

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