by Emily Hartzler
‘Laurie’ has been working at various low pay/low skill jobs for the past 9 years. During that time she has gotten married, started a family and now has two small children at home. Her husband works in construction and makes a decent wage, but finds himself laid off at various times during the year. “Laurie’s’ dream is to get her nursing degree, so she can help people and provide a more stable life for her family. ‘Laurie’ began attending classes at Wayne County ABLE, where she is brushing up on her math, science, and language arts skills, to help her achieve this dream. She also brings her daughter, who is enrolled in the Families Learning Together (FLT) Preschool down the hall. ‘Laurie’ is planning to take the entrance exam this spring, so she can begin the Practical Nursing program at the Wayne County Schools Career Center.
Though we have seen a drop in the unemployment rate locally and nationwide, many people are not earning a ‘living wage’. Wayne County ABLE provides FREE services for individuals who need assistance acquiring the skills to be successful in post-secondary education and training, and employment.
· Basic math, reading and writing skills
· Adult Secondary Education/GED preparation
· English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
· Transition services – including employment and post-secondary
· Life skills, employability skills and computer literacy
· Family Literacy – enriching the parental role of adult learners
· Workplace Literacy – education services offered in collaboration with business, industry, government and/or labor to increase the productivity of the workforce through improved literacy skills
· Corrections Education – a partnership with a jail, detention center, community-based rehabilitation center or other similar institution
· Distance Education
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