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Kershaw County Adult Education celebrates National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

September 15, 2022                                                                       

Adult EducationCamden, SC – Kershaw County Adult Education (KCAE), in partnership with the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE), invites you to join us in celebrating National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, the week of September 19-23, 2022. 

To recognize the accomplishments of its adult education students, Kershaw County Adult Education will be sponsoring the following activities:    

  • Providing a Little Free Library for Woolard Technology Center Early Childhood Program
  • Reading to the Early Childhood Education children at WTC
  • Partnering with the Kershaw County Library System for a library card registration event
  • Hosting an Adult Ed Literacy Day on Thursday, September 22, 2022

Over 30 million Americans over the age of 25 – or one out of every ten U.S. citizens – do not have a high school diploma. Kershaw County Adult Education is working to change that. KCAE currently has 58 students enrolled in High School Diploma or High School Equivalency programs. 

Research from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that job growth for individuals without a high school diploma or some college experience is about zero or even negative. By 2024, 48 percent of job openings will be middle-skill and 32 percent will be high-skill. This means that in less than 3 years, nearly 80 percent of all job openings will require more than a high school degree. Adults who participate in programming at KCAE have the opportunity to explore career pathways and hone their skills so that they can advance their careers through postsecondary education or training.

Completers of Kershaw County Adult Education during the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years qualify for the GED by 2023 initiative which makes them eligible to receive funds to cover the tuition and fees to attend a South Carolina technical college. Pre-testing for our next enrollment session will be held on September 27 and October 4. 

Adult education and family literacy programs serve adults who need to improve their basic literacy and math skills, improve their oral and written English, obtain a high school equivalence degree, and prepare for postsecondary education or training. These programs are focused on breaking the cycles of low literacy, low education and poverty.

For more information about Kershaw County Adult Education, please call 803.425.8980 or email Byron Johnson at byron.johnson@kcsdschools.net. 

City of Camden ProclamationPhotographs attached: During the September 13 City Council Meeting, City of Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford and City Council presented KCSD Superintendent Dr. Harrison Goodwin and Adult Education Director Byron Johnson with a proclamation recognizing the week of September 19-23 as Adult Education and Family Literacy Week.

Group photo by Johnny Deal, Bowtie photography.

City of Camden Proclamation Group

Byron Johnson
byron.johnson@kcsdschools.net
803.572.2734