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Board joins national effort to promote adult education and family literacy
Posted on 09/27/2017
Board joins national effort to promote adult education and family literacy

During Wednesday’s meeting, the Board read a proclamation expressing support for a national effort to promote adult education and family literacy.

“When I received the request for the Board to pass this proclamation, I immediately thought about how the county’s Bright Futures program supports this very topic and embodies the very reason we started the Bright Futures program in the first place,” said Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer.

Bright Futures, which launched in September 2015, provides up to $1,500 a semester for Weld County residents graduating from high school or obtaining their GED and looking to pursue post-secondary education whether at a trade or vocational school, a certificate program, a community college or a four-year university. To date, the program has helped hundreds of students continue their education.

According to the proclamation, by the year 2020, 65% of the jobs will require a post-secondary education. Other sobering statistics include: low-skilled adults are two times more likely to be unemployed, three times more likely to live in poverty, four times likely to have poor health and eight times as likely to be incarcerated.

“Having an educated work force, whether that education be in a trade or from a university, is crucial for the success of our county,” said Commissioner Chair Julie Cozad. “We are proud to support adult education in any way we can.”

To learn more about the National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, which runs from September 25 – September 30, please visit http://national-coalition-literacy.org/adult-education-and-family-literacy-week/.

To learn more about the Weld County Bright Futures Program, please visit http://weldcountybrightfutures.com/.