Pima Community College’s Adult Education program is joining other literacy groups from across the state to celebrate Arizona Adult Literacy week, an annual event celebrating adult literacy and lifelong learning in Arizona communities.

The local festivities are part of Governor Jan Brewer proclaiming February 10-16 as Adult Literacy Week to increase public awareness on the importance of adult education and family literacy.

PCC will celebrate the week in numerous ways.  On Feb. 14, from 2-3 p.m., PCC Adult Education will host the National Adult Education Honor Society Induction Ceremony at PCC’s 29th Street Coalition Center.

The College also will participate in the National Adult Education Day at the state capital, the U.S. House of Representatives Literacy Caucus briefing and the Association of Community College Trustees National Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C., the National Collegiate Leadership Conference at the University of Arizona, Social Media Workshops, and Laps for Literacy Fun Run/Walk at Reid Park.

Additionally, PCC Adult Education students will receive a Distinguished Merit Award for their submission of, “We Thought We Couldn’t – Our River of Words,” poetry collection, a Partner Award for a photo album and PowerPoint project, “Family Literacy Alphabet,” and a Special Category Award for two digital stories, “Positive Changes” and “Importance of Improving Your Life.” The students accept their special recognition awards today, Feb. 11, at the Rio Salado College Conference Center in Phoenix.

Pima Community College plays a critical role in promoting adult literacy.  For more than 40 years, PCC Adult Education has provided adult learners in Pima County with opportunities to increase basic skills, prepare to earn a GED, learn English and participate in family literacy.

“By making a commitment to learning new skills, our students have become more productive citizens, better parents and are helping to build a better tomorrow for everybody,” said Deborah Gaddy, PCC’s dean of Adult Education.

In Pima County, adult education and family literacy programs serve more than 6,000 adult students needing to increase their basic literacy and math skills, learn English, prepare to earn a GED and get ready for community college or vocational training.

According to the latest national survey, more than 93 million American adults have basic or below basic literacy skills that limit their ability to advance at work and in education, help their children with school work, take care of their family’s health and participate in their communities.

Learn more about Pima’s Adult Education programs and services on the PCC Adult Education website.

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