Literacy Council Assisting Dedicated Students
(Calhoun, Georgia) –With a push to educate more adults in Gordon County, the Calhoun-Gordon Council for a Literate Community (CGCLC) is working together with Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) to help get parents into the GED® classroom.
In working with a Gordon County childcare facility, the CGCLC and GNTC are currently in the baby steps of this childcare opportunity for adult learners. With just a handful of current GED® students taking part, the college’s Adult Education Center at the Gordon County Campus is reaping the rewards.
To be eligible, adult students must meet certain criteria. Among which are using the approved childcare facility, committing to attending the classes for a set period of time each week, and understanding that participation will be monitored by all parties involved. Children six weeks through four years of age are eligible for childcare.
At GNTC’s Adult Learning Center on the Gordon County Campus, they focus on reducing barriers for those who are returning to school. At the center, adult learners refresh reading, writing, and math skills as they re-enter the job market, prepare for the GED® Test, qualify for a job or educational program that requires a high school diploma, learn English as their second language, or just work toward a personal educational goal.
Joni Harbin, Executive Director of Calhoun-Gordon Council for a Literate Community, says, “The child care partnership brings together community resources to promote improved educational levels of children, families, and the workforce of the Calhoun-Gordon communities. This is a community-wide commitment.”
The Gordon County Campus Adult Education Center is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cindy Nelson, instructor, and Stephen Edwards, ESL (English as a Second Language) instructor assist Lead Teacher Melissa Blevins on a day-to-day basis. In addition to offering the official GED® examination on site every Wednesday, as well as ESL classes, the center also offers Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Adult Secondary Education (ASE) courses. For more information, call 706.624.1111.
“Working with students at all levels and ages and watching them learn the coursework to completion is incredibly rewarding,” said Blevins. “It’s an extra plus to hear students say we’ve actually helped them on a level they understand.”
Georgia Northwestern’s Adult Education Program offers 20 learning center sites across a nine-county coverage area in Northwest Georgia. Georgia Northwestern Technical College is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties.