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JCTC, library offer free adult-learning options

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By Phyllis McLaughlin

The Trimble Banner

Adults in Trimble County who may be thinking about going back to school – either to obtain a GED or to earn a college degree – have more options to help them prepare for these goals.

The Trimble County Adult Learning Center, a program offered by Jefferson Community and Technical College at the Carrollton campus, is now staffed by two instructors. Lisa Moore and Angela Stethen. Both women have worked as substitute teachers in the county schools, and are the primary instructors for the adult programs.

Director Lisa Stethen, who oversees the adult learning programs at JCTC for Carroll, Trimble, Gallatin and Shelby counties, said she is pleased to add the two women to her staff.

“They are very nice, very caring, easy to talk to and very encouraging,” she said. “A lot of people will be able to relate to them.”

In addition to GED preparation, the JCTC program offers several options for adults in the county, such as opportunities to brush up on language, reading or math skills; family literacy; a job skills workshop that focuses on building resumes and writing cover letters, as well as online job search, interviewing skills and pre-employment assessment.

This month, the program also is offering a financial workshop focusing on topics such as mortgages, rent-to-own purchases, credit cards and budgeting.

“All of our services are free,” Lisa Stethen said. “We are there to help anyone out.”

Programs meet at various locations throughout the county, including the main office at the high school and an office at Trimble County Head Start, both  open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; Job Skills workshop is offered from 5-7 p.m. Thursdays at the Trimble County Library; and a new location at the Milton Christian Church at the corner of School Hollow Road and State Hwy. 36, which is open from 5-7 p.m. Monday.

Stethen said classes are tailored to a variety of learning styles, including  structured classroom settings, one-on-one or in small-group settings. Courses also may be taken independently with a workbook designed for use with KET programming, as well as online classes.

Practice testing now

offered online

Additionally, the Trimble County library now is offering a free program that provides a range of practice tests for those wishing to continue their education.

Library Director Kathy McKown said the library now offers access to the Learning Express Library, an online resource for preparing for GED, ACT and SAT tests, as well as career tests for government, teaching, law enforcement and other jobs.

The program cost $1,275 for the library to set up on its Web site, but is free for anyone with a Trimble County library card to use. Patrons can access the program on the 12 public-access computers at the library, or from their home computer, McKown said.

For more information about the JCTC adult education programs, call (502) 255-9191. For more information about the library’s LearningExpress program, call 255-7362.