Arkansas Adult Education centers across the state will participate in the third annual Arkansas’ Adult Education Open House on Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Adult Education (Adult Ed), a section of the Division of Workforce Services in the Department of Commerce, and its network of nearly 40 centers will showcase options to help Arkansans get job-ready.  UA Rich Mountain’s open house will be in the Abernathy Building on the college’s main campus.

Current and former students will highlight how they’ve benefitted from the free programs, and teachers will provide details about each of Adult Ed’s programs including:

•Integrated Education and Training, which allows students to earn job industry certifications or credentials while improving their basic academic skills;

•Acquiring an Arkansas High School diploma through GED® preparation;

•English Language Acquisition (ELA);

•And Workforce Alliance for Growth in the Economy (WAGE™). 

“As parents transition their children back to school for the start of a new academic year, we know that it’s also a great time for adults to consider how they can improve their family’s financial outlook,” said Dr. Trenia Miles, director of Adult Education Section, Division of Workforce Services. “It starts with one step, coming into one of our centers to get the training and skills needed for jobs and careers that are in-demand now.” 

Joel Bush is the local Adult Education Program Director, “One of the most gratifying parts in our job is to watch our student’s confidence swell when they earn their GED. It doesn’t matter if they are 18 or 48, it always has the same affect. It is truly a life-changing event for them and for their families.” 

For the 2018-19 school year, Adult Ed served 20,698 Arkansans statewide. Locations for each center around the state can be found at ARCareerEd.org or by calling 1-877-963-4GED (4433).

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