But statistics show that nearly four out of ten Logan Countians perform below the eighth grade level when it comes to reading. Of those four, about a third perform at the lowest level (0 to fifth grade) and lack the basic communication tools needed to solve life's daily problems. Admitting the need for help is often difficult, but when someone does, Logan County Adult Education and Workforce Training (AEWT) is there.
“You're talking about changing peoples' lives,” said Richard Holloman, president-elect of the Logan County Council for AEWT. “Adult education touches many lives.”
The adult education program in Logan County helps the community in many ways, including: English as a Second Language classes, team building classes for businesses, basic education classes at the detention center, family education and more.
One of the most important programs offered by adult education is helping people earn their GED. Adult education workers and volunteers are with students every step of the way in the process of getting a GED. Going through that process is not cheap and adult education covers much of the cost of the materials needed to get a GED. Cheryl Kelley, program manager, said it costs about $270 per test for the cost of materials for the GED testing center. In order to help cover the costs of the program, a fundraiser is being planned. Holloman said they want to raise $5,000 for the GED testing center.
“We need to raise money in order to keep the GED testing center in Logan County,” Kelley said.
The Logan County Council for Adult Education and Workforce Training Annual Fundraising Dinner will be held Sunday, March 16 at 6 p.m. at Crossroads Church. The evening will feature dinner provided by Roy's Bar-B-Q, entertainment and a program.
Holloman said council members are currently visiting local groups to explain the importance of adult education and sell tickets. Tickets cost $25 for two people.
Holloman said he first became interested in the local adult education program when he was part of Leadership Logan. They took a tour of adult education and he heard about the impact the organization has.
“It's a tremendous outreach in the community,” Holloman said.
He and other leaders hope the community will come out to support this wonderful organization while enjoying an evening of food and entertainment.
For more information on the upcoming fundraiser or adult education, call Holloman at 726-7009 or Kelley at 726-4909.