Adult ed task force seeks input at session in Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON — People can learn about adult education in Illinois and provide feedback on ways to improve it at an information session Wednesday in Bloomington organized by the Illinois Community College Board.

The information session on the final draft of the Illinois Adult Education Strategic Plan will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Holiday Inn and Suites, 3202 E. Empire St.

Online registration is required to attend. Sign up at the board’s website,, by clicking on the registration link.

The five-year plan was produced by the Task Force on the Future of Adult Education and Literacy. Its goal is to “provide a road map that leads to better educational and employment opportunities,” explained Karen Hunter Anderson, task force chairwoman and ICCB executive director.

A copy of the draft plan will be available on the ICCB website, but there will not be printed copies at the information session.

The ICCB also is seeking written comments on the specifics of the plan from individuals, groups and organizations. They should be emailed to Comments will be accepted through Friday.

Information on the vision, guiding principles, goals and objectives of the plan will be presented at Wednesday’s session in Bloomington.

“Community input from past and present adult education students, educators and community leaders is essential to the development of an Illinois Adult Education Strategic Plan that challenges conventional thinking and long-held beliefs,” said Anderson.

About 645 students took adult education courses in the 2016-17 academic year at Heartland, according to Urquizo. That number was down from previous years because of cutbacks related to the state’s budget impasse.

The task force, which was created by the ICCB after legislative action, met for the first time in October. Its final report to the governor and General Assembly is due Jan. 31.

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