The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

September 25, 2013

Reading skills key to jobs

The Commercial-News

---- — Today’s jobs require workers to be able to read well, perform basic math and be able to understand instructions. For adults who might not have mastered those skills while in school, the challenge to catch up can be intimidating.

Adults who want to improve their reading ability, qualify for their General Educational Development diploma or sharpen their math skills can chose from several options offered at Danville Area Community College. The campus on East Main Street has scheduled several special events to mark National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, which is observed through Friday.

Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer will be at 9:15 a.m. today in Room 306 in Vermilion Hall, and students are invited to bring family members with them as they go about their day. Other special events are planned for Thursday and Friday.

DACC offers Adult Basic Education classes and GED preparation classes. Adult students can find out more by calling the adult education office at 443-8782.

DACC also sponsors The Reader’s Route, an adult literacy program that uses volunteers from the community to work one-on-one with those who want to learn to read or for whom English is a second language. The volunteers go through basic training sessions, then are matched with students. The tutoring sessions take place when it’s convenient for the student and the tutor. The sessions are much less formal — and much less intimidating — than a traditional classroom setting.

These programs help those who want to work develop the skills that will make them better employees. They deserve the continued financial support from the state as well as the community.