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National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week, September 22-28, 2014

Every year, the Adult Literacy and Basic Education field requests that Congress recognize one week as National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. This year, that week is September 22-28, 2014.

Shawnee Community College Adult Education will be hosting an activity on September 24th, at 10 AM in the SCC Education Center to celebrate. The community is invited to attend this activity with special speakers and a short reception following.

The goals of NAEFL week is to work side-by-side in every state, and district to heighten public awareness, strengthen alliances, leverage resources, and increase the number of people who understand the vital role Adult Education an Family Literacy plays in our districts well-being. Here in our five county district, 24% of adults lack the literacy skills they need to get better jobs, help their children with homework, or participate fully in our community.

SCC Adult Education provides free basic literacy and GED instruction to adults and out-of-school youth throughout the Shawnee College district. The program provided individuals and their families with skills to complete educational goals.

"Low literacy costs the nation more than two hundred billion dollars each year in lost productivity, as well as an additional one to two billion in health and safety issues, said James Darden, Dean of Adult Education at SCC. Every dollar spent on adult literacy and education provides returns to the country through higher employment, added tax revenues, reduced welfare payments and less crime."

Please make plans to attend the SCC Adult Education Celebration on September 24, at 10 AM at Shawnee Community College's Education Center. For more information call 618-634-3222 or 618-634-3325.


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