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Lawrence Education Center Celebrates National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

September 7, 2012

Lawrence Education Center in partnership with the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL), invites faculty and students to celebrate National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, September 10-16, 2012.

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, obtain a high school equivalence degree, and prepare for community college or vocational training. 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, help their children with school work, take care of their family’s health, and participate in their communities.

Family literacy programs serve parents and their young children, teaching basic skills, English as a Second Language, and parenting skills to adults while their children are provided high quality instruction. These programs are focused on breaking the cycles of low literacy, low education and poverty.

For the fourth consecutive year, National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week was declared by act of the US Congress. The House declaration (H.R. 756) was sponsored by Rep. Jared Polis [D-CO] with fifteen co-signers. A companion bill, S. Res. 546, was co-sponsored by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) with eight cosigners.