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Bevill State and the City of Sulligent Celebrate National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week

September 12, 2022

The Bevill State Community College Adult Education Program, the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE), the City of Sulligent, and the Sulligent Public Library, are partnering to celebrate National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, September 18-24, 2022.

To recognize the accomplishments of adult education and family literacy students, Bevill State Community College Hamilton Campus, the City of Sulligent, and the Sulligent Library will be sponsoring a Fall Bedtime Story Night on Thursday, September 22, 2022, at 7:00 pm at the Sulligent Library. Students in grades K-3 will be able to come in their pajamas to hear a bedtime story read by Dr. Terri Johnson, an Orientation Coordinator in the Bevill State Adult Education Program. “This is going to be a major event for the City of Sulligent. We have not had anything like this before to my knowledge,” says Dr. Johnson. Parents must register their children by texting their child’s name to (205) 202-9260. A registration confirmation will be sent. The deadline to register is September 16th.

Over 30 million Americans over the age of 25 – or one out of every ten U.S. citizens – do not have a high school diploma. The Bevill State Adult Education Program is working to change that. For Fiscal Year 2021, the program had 829 students enrolled in the program to obtain their GED or the alternate high school diploma, 308 students completed a career pathway program, and 554 students completed a certificate program. 

Research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that job growth for individuals without a high school diploma or some college experience is about zero or even negative. By 2024, 48 percent of job openings will be middle-skill and 32 percent will be high-skill. This means that in less than 3 years, nearly 80 percent of all job openings will require more than a high school degree. Adults who participate in Bevill State Community College Adult Education Program have the opportunity to explore career pathways and hone their skills so that they can advance their careers through postsecondary education or training.

To sign up for Adult Education classes in Lamar or Marion Counties, go to https://tinyurl.com/GEDEnroll and complete the information, then call Dr. Terri Johnson at 205-921-3177 ext. 5363 to schedule an appointment for orientation.

Adult education and family literacy programs serve adults 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 postsecondary education or training.

About Bevill State Community College (BSCC):
Bevill State Community College is a public, two-year, "open door" institution, committed to providing comprehensive education and educational support services for people in West Central Alabama and beyond. Bevill State is a member of the Alabama Community College System. Bevill State's four main campuses, and one instructional site, offer university parallel and applied technology educational opportunities to over one-quarter million people in a seven-county area. This service area spans over 4,600 square miles, from the Birmingham city limits to the Mississippi state line. To learn more about the Bevill State Community College Adult Education Program, please contact Dr. Terri Johnson at 205-921-3177 ext. 5363 or terri.johnson@bscc.edu.

The Coalition on Adult Basic Education is the premier national professional association of adult educators. Over 79,000 members strong, COABE’s mission is to inspire educators so that adults succeed and communities thrive. Website: www.coabe.org.

For more information contact Tana Collins-Allred at 800.648.3271 ext. 5742 or by email at tana.collins@bscc.edu.  Please visit our website at www.bscc.edu.