National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

Posted on Sep 22, 2014

Rock Valley College, in partnership with the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), along with the Illinois Adult and Continuing Educators Association, invite you to join in a celebration recognizing September 22-28, 2014 as National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. Adult Education programs throughout the state will have special activities commemorating this national event. This observation is intended to raise awareness of the need for programs and services to this adult population as well to highlight the successes.

Statistics reveal that over 93 million American adults have Basic or Below Basic literacy skills that limit their ability to advance at work and in education. In Illinois alone, more than 1.3 million adults do not have a high school diploma and approximately 2.73 million immigrants speak a language other than English in their homes.

“Many adults have entered our programs, seeking to improve their lives. They understand that in order to get to their next step, whether it be a certificate or degree from a college, or employment that allows them to earn a living wage, they must start by increasing their basic skills. There is so much opportunity in our region for adults who want to improve their lives,” says Amanda Smith.

Alex Luna, a student in the ELEVATE program, recently enrolled in GED classes. “It feels weird, due to being out of a classroom environment for so long, but I feel hopeful about creating a better future for myself.”

An ESL learner, Ismael Banilla says, “English has improved my life because now I have more friends, and it helps in my work to understand my supervisor. I got a better position and more money being bilingual.”

Each year, RVC Adult Education serves more than 2,000 adults who are seeking to improve their basic skills, whether that means earning a high school equivalency, or GED, or improving their English language skills. Last year, 494 adults enrolled in our program obtained their high school equivalency, or GED. Additionally,

Classes are offered at nineteen locations throughout the region, including Crusader Community Health, Rockford Housing Authority Blackhawk Courts, Northwest Community Center, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, and Washington Park Community Center. Classes are also offered at Belvidere High School and Belvidere North High School, as well as Harlem 9th Grade Campus.

Many programming options are available to adults, including online GED preparation, Bridge classes in Healthcare, Manufacturing and Transportation, Distribution & Logistics. A program was implemented this fall which integrates instruction for both CTE and AE to accelerate the time in the attainment of college certificates and industry recognized certifications.

For more information about Rock Valley College Adult Education program, please contact Amanda Smith, Director, Adult Education and Literacy, at 815-921-2009 or

For more information about Illinois Literacy and national adult education facts, visit the following websites:

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