Adult Ed. helping those in Macon County succeed

By Kelly Rich -

Last year 72 people in Macon County received their High School Equivalency Diploma. The Adult Education in Macon County is a full service office. An instructor goes to the Macon County Jail and visits with students in the Justice Center once a week.

Adult Education empowers individuals to become self-sufficient by providing the basic skills and knowledge necessary to complete a secondary education credential and works with individuals to help them meet their educational and career goals.

A focus on Adult Education saves money by reducing public assistance, health care and incarceration costs. Most importantly, adults are given the opportunity to improve their lives and better support their families.

Adult Education division delivers educational services to adults who are over the age of 17 (unless granted an exception) lacking a high school diploma and no longer under compulsory attendance to public high school. Through Adult Basic Education classes across the state, adults are assessed to determine their level of education and provided coursework to improve their skills in math, science, social studies, reading, writing and employability. These classes are designed to equip the student with the knowledge necessary to earn a High School Equivalency Diploma and enter employment and/or postsecondary education. Adult Education also offers English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Civics classes for those individuals who need to learn to speak, read, and write the English language.

In Tennessee, nearly 700,000 people between the ages of 18 to 64 do not have a high school credential. By 2022 the Tennessee Department of Labor estimates 32.4% of existing jobs and 38.9% of new jobs will require some post-secondary education.

The Adult Education office is located behind the Macon County Board of Education at 501 College Street, Lafayette and is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Day classes are Monday – Friday (8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)

You can register anytime. For more information about the free GED/HiSet Classes call 615-666-2125 or 666-2126, from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

By Kelly Rich

Reach Kelly Rich at 615-666-2440.

Reach Kelly Rich at 615-666-2440.

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