Top Stories in Literacy: May 29

Top Stories in LiteracyClay County Literacy Coalition ‘visionary’ receives state award
The Florida Literacy Coalition recently named Lisa Leiby of Clay County as Outstanding Literacy Volunteer for her work with the Clay County Literacy Coalition. The award recognized a literacy volunteer who has demonstrated exceptional service and commitment in either tutoring or program operations

Connect2Compete Announces the Ad Council’s First Campaign to tackle Digital Literacy
Connect to Compete (C2C), Inc. today announced a national three-year Ad Council campaign to promote the importance of digital literacy and motivate individuals and families to access free community resources and training. The multimedia public service campaign, which will be developed in both English and Spanish, will begin in January 2013.

InCharge Receives $148,750 Grant from Chase to Provide Financial Education and Counseling
InCharge® Debt Solutions was awarded a $148,750 grant by Chase Card Services, a division of JPMorgan Chase & Co., to help support an educational program focused on providing financial education and counseling to local community members.

High school diplomas presented at IRSC ceremony
Throughout the 2011/2012 school year, the graduates earned high school credits in IRSC’s Adult High School or completed preparation and passed the General Educational Development (GED) exam at IRSC Adult Education sites throughout St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties.

Protesters Gather to Oppose Cuts to Adult Education
Hundreds of people gathered outside Tuesday’s meeting of the Los Angeles Unified School District board to show their support for adult education. If the programs go away, protesters say more than a quarter million people will be shut out of classes they need to make a contribution to society.

Top Stories in Literacy: April 16

Top Stories in LiteracyTeach Your Children Well-April is Financial Literacy Month
M&I, a part of BMO Financial Group, is using Financial Literacy Month to provide consumers a fiscal education lesson each week. This week’s tip is how your children can learn while they earn.

Young man with autism appeals to Obama for college opportunity
Billy Perogi is 20, autistic, and about to graduate from high school in Naples, Fla. He wants to go to college more than anything. Every school he and his mother have contacted has told them there is no program available for his specialized needs.

Indian River Adult education offering home health aide program
Indian River State College is offering career workshops on becoming a home health aide, security officer, phlebotomist, a new practical nursing program and excel classes for adult education students.

Job-seeking Collier County adults are back in class to catch up to computer skills
Fort Myers residents are among a growing number of both employed and unemployed adults seeking to better their lives and improve their current and future job marketability by going back to school for refresher courses on fundamental computer skills most of today’s teenagers take for granted.

Adult Learning Not Increasing With Internet Availability
Adults who are out of school are not necessarily active learners, for a number of reasons. With the growth of the Internet though, many hope that adults may use the technology available to them for some informal learning.

Programs help students pursue career credentials while studying for the GED

Students without a high school diploma or GED are being helped through transition programs offered by school districts and state colleges in Florida.  A growing number of post secondary educational programs now allow students to begin studying to attain a career credential while working toward a GED. This option is being facilitated by programs which offer an alternative to traditional courses of study  that require a high school degree or equivalent before enrolling in college.  A 2010 study of the Workforce Strategy Center showed that fifty-seven percent of adults in bridge programs possess educational skills below the 10th-grade level, with 19 percent having skills below the sixth-grade level.

Donna Roberts, Assistant Professor, at Indian River State College stated, “These programs work and help students to succeed. The idea that they can get a head start on their future and see light at the end of the tunnel is very inviting. There are many motivating forces for adult education students. They have a strong need to apply what they have learned, or are learning, to the real world. They are motivated when they find relevance or worth in their studies. However, creating a culture and climate of continued support and mentoring for our students is a vital component of keeping them focused and motivated.”

Indian River State College and several other Florida institutions have been noted by the National Career Pathways Network as models in the field providing transition services for adults.  The focus on Career Pathways and the use of CHOICES, the free on-line career exploration program, are becoming part of the initial intake for many adult education students.


Some examples of programs that do not require a GED for completions include

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigeration & Heating
  • Autocad Foundations
  • Automotive Service Technology
  • Barbering
  • Basic Electronics
  • Child Development & Early Intervention
  • Culinary Operations
  • Commercial Vehicle Driving
  • Cosmetology/Nails/Facials
  • Dietetic Management & Supervision
  • Digital Media Support
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Electronics; Electronic Technology
  • Graphic Design Support
  • Insurance
  • Landscape & Horticulture Technology
  • Lasers & Photonics
  • Legal Administrative Specialist
  • Medical Administrative Specialist
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Patient Care Assistant
  • Phlebotomy
  • Private Security Officer & Statewide Childcare Worker.