This is Adult Education and Family Literacy Week celebrating all of the good work being done nationally to improve the lives of adults and families through basic education and foundational literacy efforts. At FVTC, we have offered an extensive network of Adult Basic Education (ABE), English Language Learning (ELL), and Family Literacy programs across the region for decades.
According to the national Coalition of Adult Basic Education (COABE), low skilled adults are:
- 2X more likely to be unemployed
- 3X as likely to be in poverty
- 4X as likely to be in poor health, and
- 8X as likely to be incarcerated.
The effects of a limited education are quite clear and our efforts to help these adults and their families will only strengthen our communities. COABE also indicates that adult education can break the cycle of intergenerational poverty and illiteracy. In fact, a mother’s education level is the greatest determinant of her children’s future academic success, outweighing other factors, such as neighborhood and family income.
I’m always so impressed by the impact our staff is making with this challenging educational need, and so pleased to support the unique Family Literacy programs offered in collaboration with our great partners from the Appleton Area School District and the Menasha Joint School District featured here in some photos. Hats off to ABE, ELL, and Family Literacy!