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CLC celebrates Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Sep 17, 2021

The College of Lake County (CLC) Adult Education and ESL Division is working in partnership with Mano a Mano Family Resource Center to celebrate National Adult Education and Family Literacy (AEFL) Week Sept. 20-24.

The weeklong celebration helps raise awareness for the value of adult education and encourages people and families to get involved in civic engagement and advocacy.

"Every year, we join the rest of the country to celebrate the Adult Education & Family Literacy Week because we believe in the importance to recognize and advocate for the Lake County residents who lack the basic skills in reading, writing, math, and English language skills,” said Dean of Adult Education and ESL Arlene Santos-George. “It is also a time for celebration for people who work in this field to honor their work in helping this population to become self-sufficient and productive members of the workforce and community.”

The college recently received the College Board’s Adult Education and Family Literacy Grant which is made up of four grants, two federal and two state, worth over $1.5 million. The money from the grants goes towards funding staff, materials, trainings and activities for the Adult Education and ESL division.

This year’s celebration will take place over Zoom, and events will require registration beforehand.

On Monday, Sept. 20, the celebration will kick off at 9:30 a.m. with a national welcome from Jen Mishory, acting Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Education Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education. Dulce Ortiz, Executive Director of Mano a Mano Family Resource Center, will give a keynote address on Tuesday, Sept. 21. These events are open to the CLC community.

Thursday, Sept. 23 gives adult education students a chance to meet Illinois State Representative Rita Mayfield. There will also be a Civics 101 presentation from Mano a Mano Family Resource Center at 1 p.m. open to the CLC and Lake County community.

The celebration concludes on Friday, Sept. 24 with A Day of Awareness for Adult Education, where the CLC community can stop by the K building at the Grayslake campus for a treat.

At a national level, there are 43 million U.S. adults with low literacy skills. In Lake County, 10 percent of its population 25 and older do not have a high school diploma and 28 percent of its population 5 years and older speak a language other than English. CLC provides adult education, including transition programs to college and the workforce, to approximately 3,000 Lake County residents each year.

About College of Lake County

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.