Freeport Journal-Standard from Freeport, Illinois on July 19, 1975 · Page 53
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Freeport Journal-Standard from Freeport, Illinois · Page 53

Freeport, Illinois
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Saturday, July 19, 1975
Page 53
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Mrs. Stees Conducts A Math Class -*• ' ' Adults Return To Finish Their Schooling . . . • • . ' . w By GARY NEUENSCHWANDER Journal-Standard Reporter "Use us to: -Help you learn to read. -Help you write and spell and speak. -Help you with arithmetic. -Help you complete your high' school education. -Learn at your own rate." The above statement is used as a promotion for the Adult Learning Center at Highland Community College-a program which has helped hundreds of people of all ages work •toward, and in many cases obtain, their high school diploma. The program includes basic adult classes 1 in preparation for the General Education Development ' 'All courses, offered here are on-going. There is no beginning and no" end. Students may come at their own leisure, as enrollment is 'open to anyone ested." who is inter- Dean Robert Baker (GED) classes; GED classes; and ongoing classes in English as a second language. "All courses offered here are ongoing," Mrs. Lillian Stees, pile of the'teachers in the program, said. "There is no beginning and no end. Students may cqme at their own leisure as enrollment is open to anyone who is interested." But although there are no rigid en- rollmerit or attendance requirements, Mrs. Stees said interest is high and many come several times a week to the center. A total of 185 persons are enrolled in the program at the present time. Seventy were honored at graduation ceremonies" earlier this month-the largest graduating class since the program began in-1962. What do the courses involve? "The basic adult classes are for those who have had little schooling and include classes through the eighth grade level," Mrs. Stees said. "They are preparation classes for the GED classes which lead to the high school diploma." Basic adult classes include reading, writing, spelling, language and arithmetic. GED classes include instruction in English, math, science, social studies, literature and the Illinois and U.S. Constitutions. Also available are classes in typing, shorthand and bookkeeping. The English as a second language ' program is for foreign-born temporary and permanent residents of the area. In the last year, 26 persons have benefited from the course; since 1973, 43 have been enrolled in the course. This includes persons from Japan, Germany, Korea, Thailand, Greece, Vietnam^ Mexico, Switzerland, the Philippines, Yugoslavia, India, Ii-an, Cuba, Italy and countries in South America. In order to obtain a high school diploma, students must* pass each test "A total of 185 persons are enrolled in the program at the present time. A total of 70 were honored at graduation ceremonies earlier thi? month,'the largest gradu- ,ating class since the program began in 1962-" •'. . t . - • • in the GED prograrrfwith a certain degree of- accuracy. The testing is done through the office of Lyall Taubert, educational service region su- - perintendent for Stephenson County. "There are no grades given in any of the courses,"-Mrs. Stees said. "We do have sample testing, however." Enrollment is open to persons 19 Page 4 Freeport Journal-Standard, Weekender, Saturday-Sunday, July 19-20, 1975

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