Gov. Mike Beebe will present a proclamation, at 10:00 a.m., Oct. 10 in the Governor’s Conference Room at the State Capitol, declaring October 10-14 as Adult Education Week in Arkansas and Oct. 10 as GED® Pride Day.
“It is timely and appropriate that attention be focused on the special efforts and dedication of Arkansas’s adult educators who prepare individuals for productive employment and enriched lives,” Gov. Beebe’s proclamation reads.
“I encourage my fellow citizens to become familiar with the services and benefits offered by adult education courses and to support and participate in these programs.”
Adult education services provide academic skills instruction and GED preparation for adults who lack a high school diploma.
“Arkansas is one of the few states that offers the GED tests at no charge,” said Janice Hanlon, the state’s GED® administrator with the Arkansas Department of Career Education.
“In 2014, all states will start charging for the tests. Now is the time for anyone who is thinking of either starting or completing their GED® preparation, to visit one of our centers.”
Arkansas’s adult education programs also offer English as a Second Language (ESL) and English Literacy/Civics Education classes to serve immigrant adults who want to become more fluent in English, pass U.S. citizenship tests, and acquire basic employability skills.
Additionally, workplace classes are available at the centers and onsite at businesses so current and prospective employees can improve their basic reading, math, team-building, and communication skills – as well as their GED® readiness. The Workforce Alliance for Growth in the Economy (WAGE™) program provides academic and employability instruction to meet the needs of unemployed and underemployed individuals.
“As a free, year-round service, adult education is likely one of the most crucial state programs available to fight illiteracy and poverty and offer career training,” said Department of Workforce Education Director William L. “Bill” Walker, Jr.
“Thanks to the dedication of our Adult Education Division staff and instructors statewide, we have the resources in place to offer a second chance to many Arkansans who didn’t finish high school. Through this proclamation, Gov. Beebe is once again proving his commitment to education at every level in our state. Because of the Governor’s commitment, our agency’s is committed to ensuring that Arkansans will be well prepared for the high-skill, high-demand, high-wage jobs of the 21st century economy.”
The Adult Education Division of the Arkansas Department of Career Education funds and oversees 51 adult education programs and 20 literacy councils. There are 24 adult education programs which are administered by public school systems and 27 are administered by post-secondary educational institutions.
For locations and contact information for adult education programs around the state, visit http://ace.arkansas.gov or by calling the Department of Career Education at 501-682-1980.