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Bertino-Tarrant tapped to serve on adult education council

11/9/2017, 7:43 a.m.
More than 1.2 million adults in Illinois do not have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate.

More than 1.2 million adults in Illinois do not have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate.

To address this problem, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (Shorewood) has been appointed to the Statewide Task Force on the Future of Adult Education and Literacy to develop a strategic plan for adult education and literacy across the state.

“Education serves as a gateway to employment and advancement opportunities,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “We need to work together to make sure Illinois residents are trained and qualified for good paying jobs.”

The taskforce is an initiative of the Illinois Community College Board to help pursue their mission of finding ways to improve adult education and increasing the number of students that advance to post-secondary career training. It will also examine finding methods to help people develop soft skills such as communication techniques and critical thinking as well as encouraging career readiness.

The task force is required to report to the General Assembly and governor before January 31, 2018 with a strategic plan for adult education that will include a series of recommendations and priorities to guide the state.

“People are ready to work,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “We simply need to make sure Illinois residents have the proper training to qualify for good paying jobs in Illinois.”

The task force was created by Senate Joint Resolution 40. The measure passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support.