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Altamaha Technical College celebrates National Literacy Month in Long County

 

Ludowici, Ga. (Sept. 4, 2012) – Students in Altamaha Technical College’s Academic Support Center in Long County will celebrate National Literacy Month by reading to Head Start children every Friday in September.

And, to take the celebration a step further, the Academic Support Center students will read from a short story they collectively wrote, said Betty Baker, Academic Support Instructor.

“The more they write, the more they improve,” said Baker.

The readings, which also include a selection of children’s books, begin Sept. 7 and conclude Sept. 28.

To draw attention to literacy month in the community, the Academic Support Students will design posters about the importance of literacy, which will be displayed in the Ludowici library during the month of September. These posters will be judged on creativity and expression, and the winner will be presented a $20 gift certificate.

Other National Literacy Month events at the Long County Academic Support Center include “Bring a Friend Day”, Sept. 18, with a special guest speaker from the Telamon Corporation in Midway to talk about scholarship and job opportunities.  Also planning to speak to the students are several Long County senior citizens, Sept. 19.

“We are trying to involve students as well as members of the community in our celebration,” said Baker. “Some seniors attend our classes to brush up on what they know and to keep their minds fresh. They plan to invite their friends to share their experience with educational difficulties and encourage (students) to stay on track in the Academic Support Programs and beyond.”

The GED preparation classes at the Long County Academic Support Center are offered at no charge to the general public. To learn more about these events and/or GED preparation classes in Long County, contact Baker at 912-545-2913.

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 Jesup Campus at 912-912-427-1904 or go online towww.altamahatech.edu.

 

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Tabitha Julkes of Hinesville, left, and Eric Johnson of Ludowici show off their poster celebrating National Literacy Month. These two are students in Altamaha Technical College’s Academic Support Center in Ludowici. (Photo by Betty Baker)

 

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Tabitha Julkes of Hinesville, left, and Eric Johnson of Ludowici show off their poster celebrating National Literacy Month. These two are students in Altamaha Technical College’s Academic Support Center in Ludowici. (Photo by Betty Baker)

 

 

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Students at Altamaha Technical College’s Academic Support Center work together on a group project: making National Literacy Month posters to be displayed at the public library in Ludowici. Other activities for National Literacy Month are also planned. (Photo by Betty Baker)

 

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Students at Altamaha Technical College’s Academic Support Center work together on a group project: making National Literacy Month posters to be displayed at the public library in Ludowici. Other activities for National Literacy Month are also planned. (Photo by Betty Baker)

 

 

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