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Altamaha Technical College celebrates National Literacy Month in Appling County


Appling-Literacy(Appling Literacy) Students at Altamaha Technical College’s Academic Support Center in Appling County prepare to read to Head Start children Sept.17 in celebration of National Literacy Month. Pictured from left are Phyllis Henderson, Robin Graham, Instructor Shelia Hall and Linda Skipper and Shonda Hood. (Photo submitted by Shelia Hall)

Appling County, Ga. (Sept. 4, 2012) – Students in Altamaha Technical College’s Academic Support Center in Appling County will celebrate National Literacy Month by reading to Head Start children at a “PJ Party” Sept. 17. The event will encourage children to read and participate in reading activities.

As an additional educational opportunity and element of the National Literacy Month celebration, Academic Support Center students and instructors will inform parents and guests about the benefits of earning their GED.

“Without a GED, an individual may have an extremely difficult time finding a stable job,” said Shelia Hall, Academic Support Instructor. “Many employers are very hesitant in hiring someone without a formal education. Having earned a GED shows a potential employer that you are committed to learning and wish to further yourself.”

GED preparation classes are offered at no charge to the general public through Altamaha Technical College’s Academic Support Center. To learn more about these events and/or GED preparation classes in Appling County, contact Hall at 912-366-1070.

Altamaha Technical College is one of the adult education centers in Georgia participating in National Literacy Month. Events are planned for each county in the College’s seven-county service delivery area.

Why is earning a GED© so important?

Last year, more than 19,000 adult learners in Georgia earned their GED diploma. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a person with a high school or GED credential earns $10,000 more per year than a non-high school graduate. The income level increases substantially more for those who go on to complete a certificate, diploma or degree program from college.

“Adult students are encouraged to talk to us at the Academic Support Center to learn more about possible scholarships available to help cover the cost of the GED test,” said Sandy Williams, Dean of Adult Education at Altamaha Technical College. “The time to take the GED test is now. In January 2014, a new version of the test will be released and students who may have completed sections of the test but have not passed the whole test will have to retest.”

With five campuses in Jesup, Hazlehurst, Camden County, Baxley and Brunswick, Altamaha Technical College offers more than 80 degree, diploma and certificate programs. To learn more about Altamaha Technical College, contact the Appling Campus at 912-912-367-1700 or go online .


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