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Adult Education Programs Provide Economic Opportunity at Lake Land College

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National Adult Education and Literacy Week is September 18-24

Mattoon, IL-(Radio Effingham)- National Adult Education and Literacy Week, September 18-24, highlights the continued demand for programs and services for adult students who need to improve their basic reading, writing and math skills and obtain a high school equivalency certificate. More than 36 million adults nationwide, including 1.2 million here in Illinois, lack basic literacy skills, which limits their ability to progress in education and in the workplace.

Lake Land College is one of 72 adult training providers offering Illinois Community College Board (ICCB)-funded programs that improve and expand the pool of available workers nationwide by helping those who lack the qualifications needed to gain gainful employment in today’s increasingly high-tech industry. , global labor market.

“We are proud to provide these opportunities and pathways to success for our students,” said Lake Land College President Josh Bullock. “It’s a great feeling to know that we can help serve our communities by not only providing valuable skills and resources to help students develop their careers, but also by helping local businesses by providing the training their workers need. skills need to be successful.

Adult education enables the transition from low-wage jobs and limited opportunities to middle-class wages and greater family viability. Full-time workers with a high school diploma earn almost $10,000 more per year than those without a diploma.

Adult Education at Lake Land College offers a variety of services to empower adult learners by providing them with opportunities to learn valuable literacy, employment, and college-readiness skills needed to get ahead in life. Adult Education offers free GED prep classes for ages 17 and older.

GED classes are located in Mattoon, Effingham, Pana, Marshall, Charleston, Paris, Arthur, Sullivan, and Shelbyville.

Adult Education also offers Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI) classes for readers with low proficiency levels and English Language Acquisition (formerly ESL) classes at several sites throughout the district.

As a community service, free Food Service Sanitation Certification courses ($36 test fee) are offered at rotating locations throughout the year.

Lake Land College’s Adult Education Program offers two Integrated Career and Academic Preparation System (ICAPS) programs leading to certificates in Welding or Basic Nurse Aide (BNA). All ICAPS programs are free, but students must meet eligibility criteria and class space is limited. ICAPS class locations also rotate throughout the district to provide accessibility for students living in diverse communities.

In the 2022 academic year, Lake Land College’s Adult Education Program served 211 GED students and 32 ESL students. At the May 17, 2022 graduation ceremony, Lake Land College celebrated 38 GED graduates.

“Illinois community colleges are the engine of a skilled workforce working with nearly 10,000 unique employers across the state. With nearly 90% of the fastest growing jobs in our state requiring an education beyond a high school diploma, the Illinois Community College System is the perfect place to start on the path to ‘a well-paying career,’ said Brian Durham, Executive Director of the ICCB.

In recognition of National Adult Education and Literacy Week, Lake Land College would like to recognize the accomplishments of many of our Adult Education graduates. Many GED graduates go on to earn a college degree through scholarships. Felicia Depoister and Jesse Stevenson are attending Lake Land College this fall and were awarded the Diane Siemer Scholarship. Connie Grogg, Isabella Eggers and Memphis Monroe received GED scholarships and will also be participating this fall.

For more information about adult education programs and services at Lake Land College, visit lakelandcollege.edu/adult-education or call 217-238-8292.

For more information on adult education throughout Illinois, visit yourpathyourfuture.org.