UNION COUNTY — Union County Adult Education celebrates National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week at its new location this year.
National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week — running Sept. 26-Oct. 1 this year — is an initiative which aims to raise public awareness of adult education and family literacy, as well as assist more adult learners in need of services. This year’s theme throughout South Carolina is “Moving Toward a Brighter Future Toward Literacy.”
This year, Union County Adult Ed moved from its location on East Main Street, Union, to the Spartanburg Community College Campus, located at 1401 Furman Fendley Highway, Union.
Union County Adult Ed offers students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma (formerly known as a GED). Students are also able to earn WorkKeys certification to assist in obtaining jobs or receiving promotions at work. WorkKeys is a test which determines career readiness. Students may also enroll for refresher math or language instruction in order to prepare for entrance exams or workplace tests.
Dori Simpson — a transition specialist — helps students prepare a career pathway with appropriate steps for reaching a career goal.
New students may enroll at 8 a.m. each Monday, at which time an orientation will take place, and each new student will be given the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) to help determine the appropriate classes for each student. After enrollment, classes meet from 9 a.m.-noon and from 1-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
National Coalition for Literacy facts
• A mother’s education level is the greatest determinant of her children’s future academic success, outweighing other factors such as neighborhood and family income
• Nearly 30 percent of adults with households at or below the poverty line do not have high school credentials
• Individuals with high school credentials earn $10,000 more annually than those without
• Education levels had more effect on earnings over a 40-year span than any other demographic factor such as gender or race
• By 2018, 63 percent of all U. S. jobs will require education beyond high school, yet nearly half of the workforce has only a high school education or less.
Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4125.