The "Life Long Learning" programs operates in community centers throughout Israel in multidisciplinary learning centers for all ages, to develop a continuum of education, and promote personal advancement in a nurturing social environment. The program operates enrichment and educational programs.
Through the "Life Long Learning", many national programs are operated in partnership with government agencies and organizations such as the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Immigration Absorption, Prime Minister's Office, and Council for Higher Education, the National Project for Ethiopian Jews, the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation and the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation.
All programs include enrichment and personal development, empowerment and emphasis on cultural and community identity and parental involvement. Integrating parents, families and communities contributes to the commitment to implement the program and the community's prioritization of education, learning and self-development. We emphasize that learning should not stop at a young age. The multi-disciplinary learning centers at the IACC community centers welcome every member of each community who is interested in learning, developing and fulfilling their aspirations.
Me'HaLev (From the Heart) - Community Learning and Education Centers
A nationwide network of learning and educational centers that offer academic reinforcement, support and assistance to children from K-12. In facilitated small study groups, students who need help keeping up in school are assisted in mastering curriculum material and with homework preparation. The centers also offer short-term programs at various stages of academic transition: to help children adjust to entering 1st grade, ease their transition to Middle School, prepare for the Matriculation Exams, and provide counseling to select the most appropriate academic learning track. The centers take a holistic family and community approach to educational advancement, offering a series of enrichment, personal development and empowerment programs, while emphasizing the cultural and communal identity of each participant and engaging the entire family in instilling the importance of education, learning and self-development.
The Incubator - Innovation & Entrepreneurship Centers
IACC develops and operates Incubator Centers for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at community centers throughout the country, primarily in the social and/or geographic periphery such as Arab neighborhoods in the Galilee and an Ultra-Orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem. The goal is to reduce technological gaps while facilitating community-building through learning and experiential technological experimentation. Fields of study include software development, laser cutting, Arduino electronics and 3D projects. The centers' laboratories are also open to participants for independent research, experimentation and entrepreneurial projects. The Incubator - Innovation & Entrepreneurship Centers of are experiential spaces for community members of all ages to initiate, study, manufacture and explore innovative new technologies, while at the same time developing a sense of personal commitment, discipline and a sense of belonging to a community of learning, technology and entrepreneurship.
Academic Guidance in the Arab Sector
This program is designed to assist Arab students throughout Israel, with a particular focus on Bedouins in the Negev, to effectively pursue higher education in fields of study that are in demand in the Israeli job market. Working with students in grades 10-12, the program seeks to reduce socio-economic gaps by increasing awareness of the importance of higher education, and facilitating accessibility to information regarding Israel's job market and how it relates to fields of academic study, thereby assisting students in making informed decisions about their professional future. This program receives support from Israel's Council for Higher Education, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and the Prime Minister's Office.
Academic Challenges - Developing Excellence in the Negev
This program prepares Bedouin high school students throughout the Negev to be able to pursue higher learning opportunities. The program of supplemental studies includes Hebrew and English language skills, math and science proficiency, and preparation for the standardized exams that are key factors in admission to Israeli colleges and universities. The initiative also includes social enrichment activities, life skills workshops, and community programs with parents. In emphasizing and providing information about the importance of higher education as a means for social and professional mobility, the goal is to help establish the pursuit of academic and professional success as normative values within Bedouin society, while improving the image of the Bedouin community within the broader Israeli society. This program receives funding from the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation and the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation.
The College - A Key to Life
IACC has established a nationwide community college network, to enable men and women of all backgrounds, at every age and stage in life, to access a framework for their educational needs in a convenient setting close to home. Whether it is acquiring tools for professional advancement or vocational training, updating their skill sets, developing their social capital or cultivating their individual talents, The College offers culturally appropriate curricula adapted to the unique needs of different segments of the population, with a particular focus on the Arab and Ultra-Orthodox sectors. Offerings are available in a wide variety of in-demand fields, and at reduced tuition rates. Diplomas and other professional certifications are coordinated with appropriate certifying agencies, making The College a convenient starting point to enter the job market among segments of society that have not traditionally taken part in the workforce.
Educational and social programs for youth, ages 12-18, who are immigrants and children of immigrants from Caucasus, Bukhara, and Ethiopia. PELE's mission is to reduce educational gaps that exist between immigrant and non-immigrant children, with an emphasis on achieving a sense of meaningful belonging alongside educational enrichment. By gaining empowerment skills and strengthening educational and social self-competence in a supportive community, PELE participants are better prepared to integrate into Israeli society. A key aspect of the program is including participants' parents in the program. PELE operates in 80 community centers throughout Israel and currently has 3,200 participants. The program includes 7 weekly learning hours, taking place in small groups after the school day, and 2 weekly hours dedicated to social activities. PELE is funded by the Ministry of Immigration Absorption and has been operated by the IACC since 1996.
Educational assistance and social empowerment for youth, in grades 8-12, for the Ethiopian-Israeli community. Space's mission is to strengthen the academic achievements of Ethiopian-Israeli students, increase the percentage of youth who earn a matriculation certificate, produce a qualitative change in attitudes towards education and foster a positive learning experience. The program includes social empowerment, encourages students to develop confidence in their abilities and helps them make choices about their professional futures, all of which contributes to social and community mobility. The social activities which take place as part of the Space program aim to support the learners' personal growth and development with a focus on cultural and communal identity, enriching and expanding world knowledge, providing exposure to the academic world and the army, and integration into community activities (sometimes with parents). ‘Space’ is funded by the National Project for Ethiopian Immigrants, Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, the Ministry of Education, and Jewish Federations. It has been operated by the IACC since 2005.