The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

September 21, 2013

DACC plans activities for literacy week

Staff Report
The Commercial-News

---- — DANVILLE – National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week starts Monday and runs through Friday.

Nationally, economic and demographic changes are dramatically increasing the need for adult education, literacy and English as a Second Language programs. Danville Area Community College offers adult basic education, including GED review, English as a Second Language, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and the Reader’s Route to Literacy and tutoring programs, according to a DACC press release.

To celebrate the cause and raise awareness of the need and benefits of adult education in the community, the DACC adult education department has planned several events for the week.

Monday is “Hot Off the Presses” day. The department will bake and give away fresh Otis Spunkmeyer cookies. Additionally, Beverly Joyce, publisher of the Commercial-News, will speak to an adult basic education class at 10:15 a.m. regarding the type of life-skill information that can be found in the daily newspaper.

Tuesday is literacy recognition and book giveaway day. Literacy staff will be distributing free children’s books to participants in the program.

Mayor Scott Eisenhauer will deliver a proclamation to the adult education department at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday in Vermilion Hall, Room 306. Wednesday also is family day during which students in the program are encouraged to invite their families to campus.

Thursday is special treats day, and Friday is a fun day with families invited back.

Millions of Illinoisans lack the literacy skills and/or educational credentials that they need to obtain good jobs and to function well in our increasingly complex society, according to the release. Immigrants have come to this country seeking a higher quality of life, yet many of them do not have the English literacy skills to enable them to meet social, educational and work demands. There is a direct correlation between higher literacy levels and higher income, numbers of weeks worked, children’s success in school and individual and family health.

In Illinois there are 91 programs funded by the Illinois Community College Board that provide instruction in Adult Basic Education (ABE), Adult Secondary Education and English as a Second Language. About 96,000 students enroll in adult education programs annually, and 78 percent of those are enrolled in adult education programs and enter employment and retain employment.

For information about the adult education and literacy programs at DACC, or about the activities scheduled for Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, please contact the adult education office at 443-8782.