DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – This weekend, Illinois Community College board members gathered to discuss adult literacy programs in the state. The need for adult education programs is increasing in Illinois.
âAdult education is important because in Illinois,â said Whitney Thompson, assistant director of workforce education. “One million Illinois do not have a high school education, so we know that jobs today require a high school diploma and 65% require a post-secondary diploma.”
The state’s programming offers adult basic education classes that can help earn a high school diploma and can take them to post-secondary planning.
âIn adult education, we have a variety of different programs focused on workforce preparation,â said Deputy Executive Director of the Community Council, Jennifer Foster. âOne is an integrated training session program that is a mix of core skills. We combine this with training to speed up the time to completion. maintain wages. “
College board members are hopeful that more adults will join the program this year and use it as a path to a better career.
âFor every dollar invested in adult education, the return on investment is two and a half dollars because that means more educated people in educated communities, which means more empowered salaries,â Thompson said. “Our programs are ready to serve individuals and we are delighted to see the work they are contributing to Illinois.”
Adult Education and Family Literacy Week begins on Sunday and continues through September 25.