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EAC’s Adult Education Program prepares for Arizona Adult Literacy Week

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EAC’s Adult Education Program prepares for Arizona Adult Literacy Week

By Todd Haynie

THATCHER, AZ—An estimated 30 million adults in the United States fall below the basic literacy category. The Eastern Arizona College Adult Education Program, housed at the Safford City/Graham County Library in Safford, works to combat this problem with its programs as the nation prepares to recognize Arizona Adult Literacy Week, February 19–25.

Robin Link, EAC’s new assistant director of adult education and director of the Morenci and Safford Learning Centers, is prepared to take on this challenge. With a bachelor’s in Rehabilitation and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership, she is also an Arizona certified elementary teacher and a certified adult education instructor.

Having taught school in a variety of settings, education has always been a high priority with Link. “This is my third year teaching adult education and I love the journey,” explained Link.

EAC’s Adult Education program exists to assure adults have access to quality education opportunities to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for effective employment, job training, and higher educational aspirations. Link hopes to empower students to become independent and creative learners, enabling them to increase their potential.

The program prepares students for the U.S. Citizenship test, the GED, and a host of other classes intended to meet the needs of the workforce and basic life skills, including parenting, civics, finances, and health.

Students in the adult secondary education program can participate in all subjects, including science and social studies. The program also includes English language acquisition for adults, which includes basic and advanced classes in speaking, reading, and writing.

In order to prepare for the GED, students are first tested to determine which areas need remediation. Link and her staff will then work with the student until all areas are sufficiently covered.

Governor Janet Napolitano proclaimed February 19-25, 2006 Arizona Adult Literacy Week. Link and the Adult Education Program will recognize the week with a number of programs and activities: on February 18, an Early Literacy Talkers Workshop for two- and three-year olds will be available at the Phelps Dodge Room; on February 20, the program will begin a U.S. citizenship class for students wishing to become U.S. citizens; on February 23, the program will host a class party during the morning and evening class sessions to celebrate and congratulate students on the literacy skills they are developing; on February 25, a storyteller, Layne Gneiting, will present Tales of Adventure in the Phelps Dodge Room.

Link encourages adult students in the program to have a Family Read Night where families turn off the TV and read. The center will host round table discussions about books read and prizes will be given for students who participate.

Future plans for the program include the implementation of a “One Book, One Month, One Goal” initiative where adult students will read, discuss, and write about a book each month to further promote adult literacy.

For more information about EAC’s Adult Education Program and Arizona Adult Literacy Week, contact Link at (928) 348-3202, Ext. 6; 8:30-11:30 a.m., Monday–Thursday.