OCC celebrates National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

For the fifth consecutive year, National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week was declared by an act of the U.S. Congress.


Olney Central College is celebrating National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week Sept. 22-26 with an Adult Education Open House from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23 in Room 209. Students, their families and the public are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.


Adult education and family literacy programs serve adult students who need to improve their basic literacy and math skills, improve their oral and written English, prepare for the GED tests to attain a high school equivalence degree, and transition to community college, vocational training or employment. According to the latest national survey of adults, more than 93 million American adults have basic or below basic literacy skills that limit their ability to advance at work and in education.


Adult education promotes economic opportunity and helps workers access higher-paying jobs. Workers with a GED experience unemployment rates that are 4.7 percent lower than those without a diploma. GED recipients earn almost $10,000 more per year than their counterparts without a diploma. Olney Central College’s Learning Skills Center serves an average of 200 adult students annually. Every year approximately 40 students earn their GEDs. Many of those students enroll in college while others use their newly earned GED to get a better job.


The Learning Skills Center offers a transition class, which assists students in making the transition from GED classes to college courses and the job market. Students, who complete the class and other requirements, can qualify for a scholarship that provides $1,000 per semester for two semesters to pay for tuition.


Olney Central College provides free classes each semester to help students improve basic skills in Reading, English or Mathematics as well as day and evening classes for the GED test. In addition, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are offered for students who wish to improve their English speaking, listening and reading skills.


Classes to improve computer literacy are also available. The eight-week classes will start again on Monday, Oct. 20 including morning, afternoon and evening adult education and/or GED classes. Call 618-395-7777, ext. 2267, to enroll or for more information.