RCC Observing National Adult Education and Literacy Week; Showcasing Opportunities

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DECATUR – Richland Community College officials say at least 1.2 million adults in Illinois lack basic literacy skills that limit their ability to advance in education and at work, with more than 36 million adults nationwide total lacking those skills.

RCC is one of more than 84 adult education providers offering programs funded through the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) that improves and expands the nation’s available pipeline of workers by assisting those who lack the educational requirements to achieve gainful employment in today’s increasing high-tech, global job market.

As part of National Adult Education and Literacy Week, which runs September 26 through October 1, the college is highlighting its ability to provide programs and services that adult students need to improve vital basic skills.

The Richland Community College Adult Education Department is offering classes at five locations throughout its District.

At the main campus, students can take classes during the day and in the evening. The Fairview Park Plaza Extension Center offers an English as a Second Language course in the morning and GED classes in the afternoon.

Richland also partners with Baby Talk at the Central Christian Church to offer GED and Family Literacy to eligible students.

ICCB Executive Director, Dr. Karen Hunter Anderson says nearly 90 percent of the fastest growing jobs of the future require education or training beyond high school. Statistics also show workers with a high school diploma earn almost $10,000 more per year than those without a diploma.

“Illinois has taken the lead in creating partnerships between adult education providers and employers to ensure a seamless pathway for students to higher education and employment in high growth occupations,” she adds.

More information about adult education programs can be found on Richland’s website. Questions can also be directed to 217-875-7211, ext. 6489.

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