FREEPORT (HCC) -- The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White, the State Library’s Literacy office, IACEA - the voice of adult education, along with the Adult Education at Highland Community College, invite you to join in a celebration recognizing September 23 – 29, 2013 as National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. This Congressional declaration is the culmination of literacy advocacy and outreach intended to raise awareness of the need for programs and services to this adult population.
Adult Education and Family Literacy programs funded by the ICCB, and Adult Literacy Grant Programs funded by the State Library Literacy Office, serve adult students who need to improve their basic literacy and math skills and/or improve their oral and written English. In addition, programs funded by the ICCB serve adult learners as they practice for the GED tests to attain a high school equivalency certificate and prepare for postsecondary education or training and employment.
The Highland Community College Adult Education program offers basic literacy and math skills, GED preparation, and English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) classes throughout the Highland District, which includes the counties of Stephenson, Jo Daviess and Carroll, as well as parts of Ogle County in northwestern Illinois.
In 2013 the Illinois Community College Board funded 91 programs that provide instruction in Adult Basic Education (ABE), Adult Secondary Education (ASE) and English as a Second Language (ESL). Approximately 96,000 students are enrolled in these programs annually, with 78% going on to enter employment or retain employment.
In the Highland Community College District, more than 10,000 adults do not have a high school diploma and approximately 3,500 immigrants speak a language other than English in their homes. Last year, 76 adult students received their GED through Highland’s Adult Education program. Over 300 students participated in adult education programming and over 40 of those students were enrolled in beginning, intermediate, or advanced English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) classes.
To find out more about Highland’s Adult Education program visit www.highland.edu, or call 815.599.3460. In Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties, call 815.599.3460 and in Mt. Morris call 815.677.8455.