The Arkansas Department of Education has a section called the Arkansas Department of Career Education that primarily works with adults 18 years and older to provide classes to teach English as a second language, GED preparation course and employment training skills. The Arkansas Department of Career Education sponsors the Arkansas Adult Learning Resource Center throughout the state to provide adult with the skills needed to finish high school and prepare for the workforce. The Arkansas Department of Career Education also partners with the Arkansas Literacy Councils which provides basic skills such as reading, writing, math and English as a second language to adults who do not possess these skills.
The Arkansas Adult Learning Resource Centers has 51 locations throughout the state. The Arkansas Adult Learning Resource Centers teaches the basic high school education skills to adults. According to their website, in the fiscal year of 2008-2009, there were 51, 296 adults enrolled in the classes of the Arkansas Adult Learning Resource Centers. The Adult Learning Resource Centers also has a passing rate of 85% on the GED test. The Adult Learning Resource Centers courses are free or at a very small cost. I remember about twenty years ago going to one of the centers and trying to enroll in a computer course. The cost was very small, but the course was filled up. So, I would advice my readers to contact the office of the Adult Learning Centers to find out information about the cost and the next date that courses are offered. The contact telephone number for more information about the Arkansas Adult Learning Resource Centers is 1-877-963-4433.
The Arkansas Literacy Council is a non-profit and charitable organization formed for the purpose of teaching adults basic learning skills and English as a second language. All offered courses are free to the public. According to the Arkansas Literacy Council’s website, in the fiscal year of 2009, there were 13,600 adult students tutored during the dates of July 2008 to June 2009. There were also 5,500 Arkansas volunteers as tutors in 2008-2009 in the state. The Arkansas Literacy Council does take contributions for the use and benefit of the program. The contact information for the Arkansas Literacy Council for Little Rock is 907-2490 and outside of Little Rock is 1-800-264-7323.
The Arkansas Adult Learning Resource Center and the Arkansas literacy Councils are both good organizations for adults to learn basic competency skills, GED preparation skills, English as a second language skills and workforce education skills. The costs for these classes are free or very cheap. Adults who lack the basic learning skills can start with either one of these organizations to enroll into. Please check out the contact information located in the article.