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College celebrates Adult Literacy Week Oct. 15-21
Posted: 10/9/2012

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The goal to increase adult literacy takes center stage as Washington Governor Christine Gregoire has proclaimed Oct. 15-21 as Adult Literacy Week. Centralia College is engaged in supporting the goal of literacy awareness by offering Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to students throughout the region.

Most observers know that ABE remains a key to building a stronger community. Some of those who could benefit from Basic Skills classes do not know about the Centralia College program or are reluctant to check into what is available to them.

The college provides opportunity for those without a high school diploma and those not ready to enter college. Courses are available for those needing ESL skills or who see the benefit of obtaining their General Educational Development (GED) certificate. There is little doubt that the services are needed.

It is estimated that more than 15,000 people in the region lack a high school diploma or may not have the necessary skills to compete for available jobs, and many of those may be facing extended periods of unemployment without essential basic education. Through the college’s Transitional Education program, unskilled workers can change the odds in their favor.

“Washington’s economic growth and prosperity depends on our ability to make education and job training universally accessible to citizens of all ages,” Gregoire added in her proclamation that ABE programs will accelerate economic recovery by providing improved skills qualifying individuals for better jobs, which creates a healthier Washington.

Adults may take ABE and ESL classes at Centralia College. There is a fee for GED testing.

“We do our best to help everyone as much as possible who wants to work toward adult literacy goals.” Brigitte Kidd, dean of Transitional Education, explained.

Students can enroll in ABE courses in essentials such as math, reading, writing, and other classes that can develop important job skills. On completion of those classes a student may be qualified to take college-level classes that provide training for entry into high-demand jobs.

For more information, see the Transitional Education program website.

To contact the ABE and ESL staff, or for details on the GED, please call Centralia College at 360.736.9391, ext. 216.

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