As we continue national Adult Education and Family Literacy Week celebrations, news from the field is pouring in. The latest happenings around the country are posted by state below. If your organization is celebrating the week, please tell us how, by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mayor of Montgomery opened the city’s AEFL Week by stating: “The better educated a community is, the safer you are. The less crime there’s going to be, the more income there’s going to be, and income leads to additional taxation. So, any time you can raise the education level, the fact there’s educated individuals is just very helpful in making that great community that we strive to be.” Mayor Todd Strange plans to proclaim September as Adult Literacy Month.
Crawford County Adult Education Center will hold a free fall career fair for the public today. The career fair offers a “mix of different community resources, schools, retraining programs, military, and of course, businesses that are hiring,” Career Coach Laura Gornall said. Gornall noted the fair, which includes lunch for participants, is being held in celebration of National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. “We don’t just want to help people get a GED, take a math class or a computer class. We want to help them get a job, too,” Gornall said.
Gov. Steve Beshear named Sept. 21-26 Kentucky Adult Education Week. “We are very grateful to have Kentucky Adult Education Week recognized by Governor Beshear to help build awareness of the free services offered at local adult education centers in 120 counties,” said Reecie Stagnolia, vice president for Kentucky Adult Education, Council on Postsecondary Education.
State officials in Illinois proclained AEFL Week. “I want to make sure every citizen of Illinois has access to quality literacy programs that help them reach their utmost potential and put them on a path to lifelong learning,” said Jesse White, Secretary of State and State Librarian. “Our local literacy programs are among the finest in the nation. I encourage citizens wanting to enhance their literacy education to reach out to these local providers. ”
Illinois Valley Community College Adult Education is hosting an open house on September 24, complete with food and drawings.
Lincoln Trail College is celebrating AEFL Week with a tour, pizza in classes, and a reception to thank funders. Rena Gower of LTC Adult Education stated,“When adults learn how to read and write, they are more likely to help lower health care costs, find sustainable employment and lift themselves out of poverty.”
A new series of videos from MN ABE Professional Development tackles a critical question for advocacy: Hot Ideas 2015 – Why ABE Matters. This powerful series features adult educators offering perspectives on the importance of adult education. One video argues that education is an inalienable human right for adults. Videos are short and to the point.
Literacy Kansas City has a new blog, Between the Lines, launched Sept. 8 to celebrate International Literacy Day. The current blog features the “insanely cool experience” of adult learner Jevan McCurdy. McCurdy is currently the head chef at a sports bar and grille and wants to get his GED, start taking college courses and eventually accomplish his professional goals as a chef.
“I want to be at a higher pace, at a higher skill than I am now,” he says.
The Adult Education Department at Northeast Community College will spotlight its programs with an open house on September 24, to explain the services and tools utilized in the program. Nancy Schultz, director of adult education, explained, “National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week allows educators the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the hard work and achievements of adult learners. Over the past several years, adult education has evolved from a previously primarily academic base curriculum to one of preparing our students for all facets of their lives,” she said. “In an effort to prepare our students for career and college readiness, we focus on life skills classroom training in areas such as personal finance, dressing for success, study skills training, and any other areas students need to progress toward post-secondary education and careers.”
According to Susan Jones, Family Literacy Specialist, staff in Horry County Schools Adult Education “look forward to celebrating Adult Education and Family Literacy Week!” They will host a variety of special events at both the Conway Education Center and Myrtle Beach Family Learning Center will celebrate families learning together, exploring career and college options, and promoting lifelong learning.