Gov. Nathan Deal has designated this week as Literacy Week and Friday as Literacy Day in Georgia.
Georgia has 1.1 million citizens over the age of 18 who have less than a high school education. That is 18 percent of the state's adult population, and that number increases when the number of 16- to 17-year-olds who drop out of school are considered.
In honor of Family Literacy Week in Georgia, Ogeechee Technical College's Adult Education Program invites the public to participate in an upcoming event, "Adult Education: More than just a GED." Today and Thursday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., business owners, industry partners and the general public are invited to take one portion of the GED assessment.
Samantha Smith, dean for Adult Education, said: "I want business and industry to know that our students are well prepared for careers. This is not only demonstrated by completing the test, but also the dedication to attend and progress in our classes.
"This is not an easy test, and students who successfully complete the test are taking the first step in improving their future. The GED gives them access to furthering their education and entering the workforce. It is important for the community to understand what our students are preparing for and know that upon completion of this assessment, they will have the skills and knowledge to be successful in the classroom and the workforce."