Adult and Continuing Education
During FY2006/2007, 72 students met the Springfield Public School District requirements for high school graduation and 139 students were successful on the GED as a result of preparation at Lawrence. In the FY2006/2007 school year, 70 adult learners received training in the School of Business and were placed on jobs that were directly related to their training. Lawrence Education Center also provides English as a Second language classes for the international population located in the community. The staff in the VIA/Literacy program matched over 137 learners with tutor volunteers. The one-to-one tutoring is the support that many learners need in order to pass the GED, speak the English language, or acquire the workplace literacy skills needed to be successful on a job.
8 full time teachers, 12 part time teachers, and 17 support staff facilitate student learning at Lawrence Education Center. State of the art technology is a major component of the learning activities at Lawrence Education Center. Over 200 Macintosh and PC computers are available in every classroom for students use interactive software programs. All of these computers also have full access to the internet. In addition to traditional adult and alternative educational programs, computer technology training and a wide variety of enrichment courses provide life long learning experiences to all members of the Springfield community.
Flexible scheduling for students is another important component of the Lawrence adult education program. Classes begin each day Monday through Thursday at 9:20 a.m. and conclude at 8:30 p.m. All classes on Friday conclude at 3:00 p.m.
School bus transportation services are available for eligible students.
All of these education programs are made possible through grants from the Illinois Community College Board and the Illinois Secretary of State. Springfield Public School District 186 provides the building, administration, maintenance, food services, security, and business services support.