Posted by Christy Williams on September 23rd, 2015
The need for a high school education is critical in today’s world. Fortunately, students who aren’t able to complete high school in a traditional manner have other options. Communities across the country are teaming up with their state to offer a variety of adult education opportunities. From Maine to Georgia, counties are working diligently to make adult literacy and education a priority.
The Adult Education Foundation (AEF) in Blount County, TN, is making a difference in the community by providing adult education services to hundreds of adults. Since its inception in 1986 as the Blount County Literacy Council the name has changed to accommodate an expanding role but positive results in the community continue to expand. Enrollment projections for the coming year include 500 or more students. The foundation continues to thrive due to funding from United Way and Blount County.
Maine’s Department of Education recently received $350,000 in federal funds to support adult education programs in the state. The grants will be equally distributed among five different community and adult education programs throughout the state. The goal behind the funding is to meet the needs of the workforce by providing specific training for jobs that are in high demand, like trucking, health care and construction.
According to a recent proclamation by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, one in five adults are illiterate and 1.2 million adults over age 18 in Georgia have not completed a high school education. In an effort to improve literacy awareness and literacy in the state, Governor Deal designated September 8, 2015 as Literacy Day in Georgia and the week of September 7 – 11, 2015 as Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. Events include dictionary give-aways to all third grade students and an annual “Stay in School” t-shirt contest. The Calhoun-Gordon Council for a Literate Community also contributed laptops to a local library and backpacks and school supplies to children.
Small businesses in Georgia now have an incentive to help educate employees while earning tax credits from the state. State Representative Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville) worked with the Technical College System of Georgia and the Department of Revenue in authoring the legislation that created the tax credits. Under the new law, workers can be compensated at their normal rate of pay while attending classes and earning their GEDⓇ. Employers can then earn up to $1,200 per employee.
The Johnson County Literacy Council in Mountain City, TN, is going strong after nearly 30 years as an invaluable community resource for those seeking to earn high school equivalency. Serving both Johnson and Carter Counties, the Literacy Council provides day, afternoon and night classes in addition to offering classes at the jail to prepare students for one of two high school equivalency exams. Students can choose to take either the GEDⓇ or the newer HiSetⓇ exam.