ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. – The Central Alabama Community College Division of Adult Learning, in partnership with the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE), is celebrating National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, Sept. 19-25, 2021.
To recognize the accomplishments of adult education and family literacy students, CACC will be holding a virtual open house in our service area to inform the local community about the great opportunities for adults wanting to be better prepared for employment.
Over 30 million Americans over the age of 25 – or one out of every ten U.S. citizens – do not have a high school diploma. The CACC Adult Basic Education program is working to change that. Over the past year we provided academic instruction to more than 900 hundred adults.
“Adult Education is a critical, vital and important division of our college,” Jeff Lynn, president of CACC stated.
“We have a significant population that qualify for our services, and we want to provide the very best educational opportunities to our adult population. There are multiple avenues for students who are looking to begin a career, change careers, or attend college for the first time.”
Research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that job growth for individuals without a high school diploma or some college experience is about zero or even negative. By 2024, 48 percent of job openings will be middle-skill and 32 percent will be high-skill. This means that in less than 3 years, nearly 80 percent of all job openings will require more than a high school degree. Adults who participate in Adult Basic Education program have the opportunity to explore career pathways and hone their skills so that they can advance their careers through postsecondary education or training.
To enroll in adult education classes, go to https://www.cacc.edu/adult-education-enrollment.
Adult education and family literacy programs serve adults who need to improve their basic literacy and math skills, improve their oral and written English, obtain a high school equivalence degree, and prepare for postsecondary education or training.
Family literacy programs serve parents and their young children, teaching basic skills, English as a Second Language, and parenting skills to adults while their children are provided high quality instruction. These programs are focused on breaking the cycles of low literacy, low education, and poverty.