Our Education: L&C celebrates National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

GODFREY — At Lewis and Clark Community College, many different paths lead to a successful future.

Adult education graduates can increase their earnings by close to $10,000 annually once they get their diploma, according to Georgetown University’s “Good Jobs Project” at goodjobsdata.org.

L&C’s Adult Education division offers a myriad of programs to meet students where they are, and get them on track to a higher education and lucrative career. In many cases, these programs and services are free!

“Adult Education focuses on a population of learners who have found the courage to give education another try,” said Associate Dean of Adult Education Val Harris. “While some may refer to our students as at-risk or disconnected, we feel they are full of grit and potential – they represent an economic opportunity: they just need education and support to get on track. Many are eager to further their education, to gain relevant work experience and to help their families and communities. National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week (Sept. 20-26) is a great time to advocate for our efforts and for our students and their families.”

Adult education also represents a value to the overall economy, offsetting an estimated $200 billion otherwise spent on public support programs for low-skilled adults annually, according to “The Report on Investment from Adult Education and Training,” published by the McGraw Hill Research Foundation.

L&C is calling on instructors, students and graduates to help celebrate National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week by sharing their experiences and stories on social media using #AEFLWeek and #TrailblazersTogether.

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