Denison, TX- As of July 1, 2020, 4,000 students have enrolled in free adult education classes offered by Grayson College in Collin, Cooke, Fannin, and Grayson counties. This milestone comes during the annual Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, scheduled for September 18-24 to remind us that reading, writing and basic math remain an elusive target for millions. adults nationwide, including 21% of Fannin County residents.
According to ProLiteracy, an organization advancing the cause of basic education in the United States to which Grayson College belongs, more than 43 million adults in the United States cannot read, write or do mathematics beyond third year level. Grayson College uses funding provided by the Texas Workforce Commission to improve these skill levels for adult learners and help them meet the demands of today’s workforce.
“Here in Fannin County, we know that literacy helps families be healthier and safer and provides adults with the opportunity to support themselves through work, contributing to Texoma’s economic growth” , said Ashley Trevino, director of adult education and literacy for Grayson. Middle School.
“Low literacy costs the nation more than $2.2 trillion each year in lost productivity, as well as an additional $100 billion to $200 billion in health and safety issues,” said Mark Vineis, president. and CEO of ProLiteracy. “Every dollar spent on adult literacy and education generates revenue through increased employment, additional tax revenue, reduced social benefits and reduced crime.”
Prospective students interested in earning their high school equivalency diploma, improving their English skills, or simply brushing up on their math and reading skills can sign up for free classes anytime by calling (903) 463-8784 to make a registration appointment. . Walk-in registration is available Wednesday, October 5 or Wednesday, October 19 between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Interested students simply need to enter the Advanced Technology building on the main campus of Grayson College in Denison with proper identification to enroll. Registration can be done in most languages with Spanish-speaking staff immediately available to assist registrants.
For more information about Grayson College’s adult education and literacy services, visit grayson.edu or call (903) 463-8784.