OLC Participates in Adult Ed Open House

OLC Participates in Adult Ed Open House

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13% of adult Arkansans have no high school diploma. Over 40,000 Arkansans can’t speak English with confidence. Of those who don’t speak English well, 69% have no high school diploma, according to the Department of Education. This adds up to a serious need for adult education. Arkansas Adult Education, a division of the Department of Career Education, held their second annual statewide open house this week to help make sure that those who need adult ed are aware of their options. Trenia Miles, deputy director of Arkansas Adult Education, told the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, “We felt we weren’t really reaching as many people as we probably could or should be. So we want to give people an opportunity to come and learn about the services we offer.” OLC’s open house Ozark Literacy Council, along with Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) and Northwest Technical Institute (NTI) took part in the open

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OLC Partners with Tyson’s Upward Academy

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Chief Learning Officer tells the story of how Tyson Foods developed their Upward Academy learning program. They suspected that ESL classes would be helpful to their Springdale plant’s workers. They decided to give it a shot, expecting 10 or 15 people to show up for free English classes. 128 came on the first night — out of a workforce of 300. Deciding they were onto something, Kevin Scherer, senior manager of the team, got permission to offer classes at a second plant. 250 showed up at the larger plant. “It wasn’t a fluke,” Scherer told Chief Learning Officer. “The rest is history.” Tyson looked for community partners to work with to offer English as a Second Language classes at their facilities. They also wanted to help their workers with some of the areas of work and daily life that can be hard to manage with limited English literacy. Workplace literacy

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