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CONGRESS DECLARES NATIONAL ADULT EDUCATION AND FAMILY LITERACY WEEK

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, September 14, 2010  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
502-573-1555
Cell: 502-330-6596
Sue.Patrick@ky.gov
 


Kentucky Adult Education and the National Coalition for Literacy invite communities across Kentucky to join in observing “National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week,” Sept. 13-17. This Congressional declaration, H. Res 1472, is the culmination of literacy advocacy and outreach resulting in 20 co-signers in the House. Kentucky Congressman Brett Guthrie spoke in support of its passage and Congressman John Yarmuth was one of the 20 co-signers.

Adult education and family literacy programs serve adult students who need to improve basic literacy, math skills and oral and written English, practice for the GED® Tests to attain a high school equivalence degree, and prepare for college or the workforce. In Kentucky, efforts also include transitioning more GED graduates to postsecondary education.

Approximately 536,000 Kentucky adults ages 18 to 64, representing 21 percent of the working-age population, lack a high school credential or GED diploma.

“The observance of this week is a good time to encourage friends and family to visit a local program to see all that it offers,” said Council on Postsecondary Education President Bob King. “We are committed to serving the needs of Kentuckians so they will be better prepared for life and work.”

According to the latest national survey of adults, over 93 million American adults have basic or below basic literacy skills that limit their ability to advance at work and in education, help their children with school work, interact with their health care professionals and participate in their communities.

To find out about local programs and services offered by Kentucky Adult Education, please visit www.kyae.ky.gov.

NCL (www.national-coalition-literacy.org) is a national adult education leadership organization comprised of member organizations and adult education professionals, committed to promoting adult education and literacy, family literacy, and English language development in the United States. NCL seeks to advance adult education, language, and literacy by fostering collaboration and advocacy at the national level among public and private organizations.



 

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