Sauk Valley Community College

an institution of higher education that provides quality learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of its students and community

Celebrate Adult Education and Family Literacy Week September 13 – 19

September 2010

Sauk Valley Community College is proud to celebrate National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, September 13, through September 19.

This week, sponsored by the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White, the State Library’s Literacy office, and the IACEA is the culmination of literacy advocacy and outreach to raise awareness of the need for programs and services for adults.

Adult education and family literacy programs funded by the ICCB, and Adult Literacy Grant Programs funded by the Illinois State Library Literacy Office, serve adults who need to improve their basic literacy and math skills and/or improve their oral and written English. In addition, ICCB-funded programs serve adult learners as they practice for the GED tests to earn a high school equivalence certificate and prepare for college or training and employment.

According to the latest national survey of adults, more than 93 million American adults have Basic or Below Basic literacy skills that limit their ability to advance at work and in education. In Illinois, more than 1.8 million adults do not have a high school diploma and approximately 2.34 million immigrants speak a language other than English in their homes.

More than 100 ICCB-funded programs provide instruction to more than 123,000 adult education learners each year, and more than 26,000 individuals take the GED test annually. In addition, the State Library Literacy Office funded 238 grants to provide service to 27,600 adult learners.

IACEA- the voice of adult education - is a professional adult education organization that provides leadership, representation and advocacy for adult education and literacy practitioners in order to advance, unify and professionalize the field. IACEA works closely with the ICCB and the State Library Literacy Office to ensure quality programming for Illinois students.

Sauk’s Adult Education Program offers several GED and ESL classes throughout the area. There is no charge for the classes and students may register anytime from now to December 3. For more information, call Lori Bumphrey at 815/835-6312 or visit www.svcc.edu. For more information about Illinois Adult Education and Family Literacy and national adult education facts, visit these websites:

  • Illinois Adult Education:  http://www.iccb.org/adulted.html
  • National Coalition for Literacy:  http://www.national-coalition-literacy.org/litfacts.html
  • State Library Literacy Office: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/who_we_are/literacy/home.html
  • IACEA:  www.iacea.net

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