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Congress Declares National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

11/6/2009
The Moberly Area Community College Adult Education and Literacy Program (AEL) and the Randolph County Family Literacy Program joins the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) to celebrate National Adult Education and Family Literacy week. This Congressional declaration is the culmination of literacy advocacy and outreach resulting in 26 co-signers in the House.

An open house was held at the Little Dixie Regional Library in Moberly on Monday, Nov. 9 from 1 to 2 p.m. to celebrate Adult Education and Literacy and provide information to the public. MACC’s AEL Program along with the Randolph County Family Literacy Program and the Randolph County Literacy Council had display tables for the public to learn more about literacy in Randolph County. The reception was held in the lobby of the library and refreshments were served.

Adult education and family literacy programs such as MACC’s serve adult students who need to improve their basic literacy and math skills, improve their oral and written English, practice for the GED test to attain a high school equivalence degree, and prepare for community college or vocational training. According to the latest national survey of adults, over 93 million American adults have Basic or Below Basic literacy skills that limit their ability to advance at work and in education, help their children with school work, interact with their health care professionals, and participate in their communities.

The AEL classes are offered free of charge and provide a flexible classroom setting where adults over the age of 16 can learn at their own pace. AEL offers individualized learning assistance for a variety of interests. Students may also be tutored in English as a Second Language or study to improve basic skills in reading and math. Residents can also receive career counseling and workforce preparation assistance. The AEL program refers students to agencies to help them gain access to various resources through area agencies and organizations.

The AEL program is located in the MACC Main Building in Room 42. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Monday through Thursday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Pre-registration is weekly, Monday and Wednesday from 1:30-4:30 p.m. New Student Orientation is every Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and Thursday from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Call Director Susie Cason at 660-263-4110 ext. 382, 307 or 297 to sign up and make an appointment.

Family literacy programs such as Randolph County’s serve parents and their young children, teaching basic skills, English as a Second Language, and parenting skills to the adults while the children are provided high quality preschool programming. These programs are focused on breaking the cycles of low literacy, low education and poverty. More information about family literacy programs is available at the National Center for Family Literacy, a NCL member, at http://www.famlit.org/.

The Randolph County Family Literacy Program, sponsored by Randolph County Caring Community Partnership, is a non-profit organization that has been in existence for seven years. The free program helps parents earn a GED or high school diploma, helps their children prepare to succeed in school and helps families become more self-sufficient. To participate in the program a parent or guardian must have a child ages 0-7 years, need a GED or high school diploma and live in the Randolph County area. In addition to furthering their education, participants learn parenting, life and job skills and how to become a partner in their child's education. If interested in the Randolph County Family Literacy Program, please contact Director Julie Oliver, at 660-263-1273 ext. 4.

In Randolph County, there is a 9% rate of low literacy. MACC’s AEL Program and the Family Literacy Program are working to change that.

NCL (http://www.national-coalition-literacy.org/) is a national adult education leadership organization comprised of member organizations and adult education professionals, committed to promoting adult education and literacy, family literacy, and English language development in the United States. NCL seeks to advance adult education, language, and literacy by fostering collaboration and advocacy at the national level among public and private organizations.

 

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