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What goes on in an adult education center and where can I find one?

Having gone through high school and college, I am interested in knowing what courses are taught at an adult education center and if they can be of help to me. Is this center more like an adult college where adults are educated and why shouldn’t they go to the regular colleges? I once heard that there are some learning institutions that can be termed as a college for working adults; are these the ones called adult learning centers? Lastly, I would like to know who teaches in these adult ed classes.

Samantha Stevenson

in Higher Education

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Bethany Evans on July 23, 2018

An adult learning center helps people who never went through high school to learn the basic concepts. The leaners in these institutions are adults who are too old to go back to a high school class, for instance. So, in your case, having completed high school and college education means you do not need to enroll in an adult education program since it only gives basic level knowledge. Some of the commonly taught skills are aimed at improving people’s literacy. To some extent, the education taught here helps deserving adults to transition to post-secondary education either to assist one progress to higher education and jumpstart a career that may have halted or just for the purpose of gaining literacy. I think it would be wrong to call such a center a college for adults. The reason is that they have different levels of education. The curriculum of adult ed sessions do not cover specific courses in depth but just touches the basic aspects at a high level. In fact, most of adult education programs have these main topics: family literacy, high school diploma equivalency, English speaking and writing, preparation for general education development, and preparation for the U.S. citizenship exam. Adult education encompasses quite a lot, and sometimes people mistake it for college for adults working in various employment. I tend to think that the latter is usual education that is undertaken with the aim of furthering career while one is still working. This can only be referred to as part-time education rather than college for adults. Part-time learning gives one an option to study real college education, which may be related to his or her line of employment, while at the same time working. Such classes are for people who have gone through the usual education system without interruptions and don’t need to get basic literacy skills.

In these educational centers for adults, the government in conjunction with the community provides the facility with special kind of teachers trained to handle adults and impart the necessary skills or knowledge that they are looking for. The teachers of adult learners, in this case, are well equipped with programs that provide personal enrichment vocational and academic course on diverse areas of literacy such as art, cooking, and wellness. Most people taking adult education programs have poor English, and thus every adult teacher needs proper English proficiency skills.

Ronald Miller2 years ago

I believe you have expounded very well on the issue of learning in adult education centers. I agree with you to a large extent on the issues addressed here. I just need to add that some of these centers offer more than just literacy skills. They go beyond and help adults who failed to complete their high school diplomas complete them successfully and attain the necessary certification just like other students. In such a way the centers act as a connection route to people who are too old to go back to school and need the diplomas. The ordinary high school teacher can teach in these adult programs as long as he or she is certified as an adult teacher by taking and passing a short course administered by the department of education for adult teachers. However, one should note that it is not all that fun to teach people.

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