National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week is Celebrated...Clovis -- October 19 - Adult Basic Education (ABE) Programs in New Mexico and the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) are celebrating National Adult Education and Family Literacy week, October 18 — 24. The New Mexico Adult Education Association will hold its 41st conference October 21-24 at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in Ruidoso.
Adult education and family literacy programs serve adult students who need to improve their basic literacy, math, and English skills, prepare for the GED test to attain a high school equivalence degree, and prepare for community college or vocational training. According to the latest national survey of adults, more than 93 million American adults have basic or below basic literacy skills.
New Mexico's 28 ABE programs served more than 23,000 adults in school year 2008-2009, an increase of 15 percent over the previous year. The number of ABE students who met the goal of "enter employment" is the highest ever reported in New Mexico and more than double that reported in previous years. In addition, 2,117 ABE students obtained their GED last year and 65 percent transitioned to college.
Adult Basic Education offers free classes and is located in the Center for Student Success at Clovis Community College, 417 Schepps Boulevard, 575-769-4097.