College of Lake County celebrates national Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

 
College of Lake County
Updated 9/22/2020 10:42 AM

Please join the College of Lake County (CLC) Adult Education and ESL Division, in collaboration with the Diversity Council, to celebrate the National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week (AEFL), Sept. 20-26, 2020.

Lack of basic skills in reading, writing, math, and English language skills are often associated with poverty, unemployment, parenting, and other socio-economic issues. Ten percent of Lake County's population older than 25-years do not have a high school diploma while 28 percent of its population older than five-years speak a language other than English.

 

"CLC provides adult education, including transition programs to college and the workforce, to approximately 3,500 Lake County residents each year," reports dean of adult education Arlene Santos-George. "Together, we can raise awareness about the urgent need for, and value of, adult education, and it starts with citizens and families promoting basic English literacy."

CLC is partnering with Waukegan Public Library, Mano a Mano, the tutoring center and other college departments to virtually celebrate AEFL week. Together, these entities will promote their resources available to the community to alleviate socio-economic issues and barriers faced by Lake County residents.

The virtual celebration starts Monday, Sept. 21 with keynote speaker Gale Graves, Interim Assistant Director at Waukegan Public Library. Tune in Tuesday to listen to a mother's story about hiding her illiteracy for 40 years on Sept. 22. Other virtual resources will be available on Zoom Thursday, Sept. 24.

Adult Education students are invited to enter an essay contest about what motivated them to learn. Three winners with receive a gift card. Submit 250 words to AED.StudentSuccess@clcillinois.edu by Sept. 30.

For more information, please contact Adult Education and ESL Division's Student Success Team at 847-543-2024.

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