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Lexington Two’s adult education system strong as job market struggles with employee shortages

West Columbia, SC 09/20/2022 – A strong job market in the Midlands and incentives for free tuition at South Carolina technical colleges are driving interest in adult education programs by Lexington Two.

“Students are graduating from high school (GED/HSD) to take advantage of tuition-free initiatives in our technical college programs,” said Christy Henderson, director of adult education at Lexington Two and Lexington Oven. “There are also several opportunities through our partnership with Apprenticeship Carolina that students who graduate can take advantage of.”

In conjunction with National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week September 19-23, the Coalition for Adult Basic Education (COABE) has shared statistics from the United States Bureau of Labor concluding that by 2024, the strongest job growth – nearly 80% – will be in intermediate skills. and highly skilled fields. Adults who participate in the Lexington Two and Lexington Four Adult Education Program have the opportunity to explore career paths and develop skills so they can advance their careers through post-secondary education or training .

Students enrolling in the fall semester of Lexington Two programs are interested in the free tuition associated with the GED by 23 program, which is specifically for adult education students graduating from college. high school education or GED by June 30, 2023, Henderson said.

The Lexington Two Adult Education Program, which operates in conjunction with Lexington Four, includes a number of courses – all free or for a nominal fee – for students who left school without a degree. In addition to GED preparation and high school graduation, the adult education program offers academic upgrading and popular English for Speakers of Other Languages ​​(ESOL).

After students complete Lexington Two’s adult education program, Henderson said there is additional support, including a College and Career Navigator (CCN) that will help students transition from the program to adult education to a post-secondary education option or work placement.

“Our goal is to make this process as transparent as possible,” Henderson said.

The spring 2022 graduates of Lexington Two’s adult education program ranged in age from 17 to 53 and included mothers and fathers, business owners, employees and others. Lexington Two’s program is one of the best statewide for academic growth and GED success.

“Now is the time to graduate from high school,” Henderson said. “With the financial incentives available, our students will find their way into in-demand fields with competitive pay and benefits.”

For more information or to schedule an enrollment appointment, call (803) 739-4048 (West Columbia/Cayce location) or (803) 399-7979 (Gaston/Swansea location).