Austin Adult Learning is a program that helps people gain the skills they need to improve their education, life or job. Classes in Adult Learning focus on the three main areas of academic preparedness, GED and English language learning. All adult learning classes are free and open to anyone 16 years or older who are not currently enrolled in a high school program.

Academic preparedness teaches basic skills in reading, math, computer and transition to college. Collaborative classes are also taught in science and English in conjunction with Riverland Community College instructors. Academic classes are held at Riverland Community College.

There are currently 39 million adults in the United States without a high school diploma. If you are one of them, adult learning can help you get your GED. Our instructors will help you identify your individual learning path and course of study, assist you with practice tests and help you register to take the GED tests. Having a GED or high school diploma allows you access to more job opportunities and shows employers that you can follow through and complete a goal you set for yourself.

English language learning offers instruction in speaking, listening, reading and writing. We teach English in a manner that helps learners to communicate and participate in a wide variety of settings. This is done through direct classroom instruction, computer programs specific to language learning and experiential learning.

Volunteers are an important part of the adult learning program. We offer small group and one-on-one teaching opportunities to community members who like to work with adults. Volunteers help with English conversation skills, learning to read, math and other interesting activities. Volunteers can choose to work on a regular schedule or as time permits. We are especially in need of evening math tutors for one hour per week.

Life is full of opportunities and learning, improving your education or seeking a new job can be overwhelming. Adult learning helps you accomplish your goals and can open the doors to better paying jobs, new careers, college classrooms and a brighter future.

For more information about Austin Adult Learning, contact Janice Mino at 507-460-1708 or janice.mino@austin.k12.mn.us.

Amy Baskin is director of community education and communications.

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