September 9, 2010
Cowley College students advocating continued and increased funding for Adult Education
Cowley College Adult Education and College Preparation Program in Arkansas
City is part of a national network of literacy organizations offering
adult education programs to help Americans gain the basic literacy and
numeracy skills they need to be employable in today’s tough economy.
According to ProLiteracy, the world’s largest organization of adult basic education and literacy programs, the literacy crisis in the U.S. costs the nation $60 billion a year in lost productivity, $73 billion in unnecessary health care expenses, and contributes to unemployment, crime, drug abuse, and homelessness. Adult education and family literacy programs address these problems at the community level by providing the estimated 30 million adults with low literacy levels with the education they need to participate in the workforce.
“Education remains the most successful tool we have to fight unemployment,” said Devin Graves, Director of Adult Education and College Preparation Programs “Our adult education programs provide the needed help to improve the reading, writing, numeracy, and language skills of adults in order to move their lives in new directions and to contribute even more to their communities.”
“In the U.S., one out of seven adults has below-basic literacy skills,” said David C. Harvey, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. “Making an investment in people’s education goes a long way in creating a skilled workforce. September 13 through 19 is Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, and we want to use this awareness week to sound the alarm about the growing American literacy crisis.”
In recognition of Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, Cowley College adult education students will be writing letters to state and national representatives advocating for continued and increased funding for adult education and family literacy programs.
For more information about Cowley College’s Adult Education and College Preparation Program services, visit www.cowley.edu/academics/abe/index.html or call 620-441-5335.