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Oct. 1-3: College hosts Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Sep 26, 2019

The College of Lake County will host its annual Adult Education and Family Literacy Week Celebration Oct. 1-3 at the Grayslake, Lakeshore (Waukegan) and Southlake (Vernon Hills) Campuses. The activities are designed to raise awareness of the value of adult education as a building block to additional education, a better-paying job and—ultimately—a more fulfilling life.

Community members are welcome to stop into any campus to pick up free adult-education flyers, free donated books as well as free candy and granola bars. The times are 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m. on the following dates: Oct. 1 (Lakeshore Campus, second and third floor of the 1 N. Genesee St. building and Room S118 of the 33 N. Genesee St. building); Oct. 2 (Grayslake Campus, Student Street); and Oct. 3 (Southlake Campus, V138 Atrium).

In preparation for the week, there will be a book drive through Sept. 27, in which the community can donate gently used children’s and adult books in bins located at the main entrance of all three campuses.

 “Together, we can raise awareness about the urgent need for, and value of, adult education, and it starts with citizens and families promoting basic English literacy,” said Arlene Santos-George, Ph.D., Dean of Adult Education and ESL division. “CLC provides adult basic education, including transition programs to college and the workforce, to approximately 2,000 Lake County residents each year.”

 About 32 million adults in the United States cannot read, write or perform basic math above the third-grade level, according to the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy. Education and literacy are also causes relevant to the immediate Lake County community.  Fully 10 percent of the Lake County population 25 years and older does not have a high school diploma, and 28 percent of residents age 5 and older were raised speaking a language other than English, Santos-George said.

For a list of CLC’s Fall Semester courses that begin in October, visit


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