Tuesday, September 14, 2010

National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution to designate the week of Sept. 13, 2010 as Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. To celebrate this recognition, Rio Salado College’s Adult Basic Education (ABE) department is calling on residents to help spread the word about educational services that are available to adults who have not completed high school, need additional basic education, or need to improve their English language skills.

“We have sites in communities throughout the Valley to help people enhance their education,” said Lily Beth Brazones, program director of Adult Basic Education at Rio Salado College in Tempe. “We want people to be aware of the services we offer at these locations. I believe that one person can make a difference, and we are asking the public to step up this week by talking to at least one person they may know - or anyone – and encouraging him or her to continue their education.”

According to the U.S. Census, nearly half a million adults in Maricopa County are neither enrolled in high school nor have a high school credential. This lack of an education can put people at a disadvantage in life.

“Students who complete the ABE program through Rio Salado generally experience higher self-esteem, an increase in job opportunities and more choices in many areas of life,” said Blair Liddicoat, associate dean of Adult Basic Education at Rio Salado College. “Approximately 7,500 students attended our ABE classes this past year.”

Rio Salado’s ABE program helps students improve their basic reading, English, writing and math skills and civics. These classes are designed to help students become more self-sufficient, improve job skills and lay the foundation for a better future.

To learn more about Rio Salado college’s Adult Basic Education classes, visit www.riosalado.edu/abe.


Rio Salado College offers Adult Basic Education classes at the following locations:
  • Glendale Community College, (602) 347-6974
  • Don Mensendick School, (602) 347-6974
  • Maricopa Workforce Connections- Gilbert, (602) 372-9749
  • Orangewood Nazarene Church Learning Center, (602) 347-6974
  • Paradise Valley Community College, (480) 377-4260
  • Phoenix College, (480) 377-4050
  • Phoenix Public Library, (480) 377-4050
  • Rio East Valley, (480) 377-4150
  • Rio North at Paradise Valley Mall, (480) 377-4200
  • Rio Salado College Ann Ott Adult Learning Center, (480) 377-4300
  • Rio Salado College Lifelong Learning Center, (480) 377-4260
  • Rio Salado College @ Avondale, (480) 377-4403
  • Rio Salado College @ 7th Avenue - Adult Learning Center, (480) 377-4050
  • Scottsdale Adult Learning Center, (480) 941-5166
  • South Mountain Community College, (480) 517-8110
  • Betty Fairfax High School, (480) 517-8110
  • West Valley Career Center, (480) 377-4403
  • Care First Resource Center, (480) 377-4403
  • Deer Valley Community Center, (480) 377-4260