(updated July 11, 2013) Adults from Muscogee, Harris, Stewart, Quitman, Chattahoochee, and Talbot counties looking to get a fresh educational start can do so through Columbus Technical College and the newly-formed A.C.E. (Adult and Community Education) Team. The Technical College System of Georgia’s Office of Adult Education has awarded an adult education grant to the Columbus Technical College in the amount of $1,086,528. The grant will be instrumental in providing adults the opportunity to earn a GED, continue on to post-secondary education, get trained for, and keep, quality jobs. This renewable grant is expected to serve some 1600 students annually by allowing them to achieve academic gains in math, reading and language arts and proficiency in the English language. The program was previously under the administration of the Muscogee County School District.
Columbus Technical College President and former Adult Education instructor, Lorette M. Hoover, is excited about this new venture.
“You’d be hard pressed-to find anything more rewarding than helping someone reach his or her full potential,” President Hoover said. “Having a solid educaitonal foundation makes a huge difference in both the material aspects of life – like higher paychecks – as well as in the immesurable things like elevating self-esteem.
The program extends Columbus Technical College’s mission to prepare citizens for rewarding careers by providing a seamless pathway from the adult education program to post-secondary study and employment.
Class locations will remain the same in all counties during the initial transfer while GED testing and registration for Muscogee County will be located on the Columbus Technical College campus in the former Daniel Middle School building.
“This means that a student’s initial contact with Adult Education will be on a college campus, which helps set a vision of success for entering college and the workforce,” said Sally Jordan, previous Adult Education director and chairperson of the Transition Task Force. Jordan further commented that “this connection to the college environment will hopefully result in more GED completions and increased enrollment of students in academic or job training programs, which puts the program and the community in a winning arena.”
Muscogee County Interim School Superintendent Dr. John Phillips stated in May that the “ financial commitment proved too much for the District to continue to administer the program. I was thrilled that Columbus Technical College with its proven experience in educating and training adult learners has received the grant for the program.”
“I expect a very smooth transition,” Phillips said.
Columbus Technical College is working closely with the school district to transfer services offered within the region. Location of classes and procedures for recruiting students will be established with the help of advisory councils and other community agencies in each county served. GED testing has begun and adult education classes will start in September.
The grant is funded through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1988, Title II, the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), and the State of Georgia.