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Published on March 1st, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Adult Education Program honored by the SC Department of Education

Pictured SC Adult Education Director, Michael R. King, and Paula Wright (School District Five Director of Adult Education)

IRMO – The Lexington-Richland School District Five Adult Education Program was recognized by the South Carolina Department of Education for outstanding performance in English as a Second Language (ESL).

The School District Five program received the “Highest Overall Aggregate Average” which means the ESL program was one of the top five programs in the state with the highest aggregate average for English as a Second Language.   The program was honored during the SC Adult Education Spring Training Institute held Friday, February 15.  Part of the event is the Celebrating Our Success luncheon during which Adult Education programs are recognized for their successes from the previous school year.

“This award speaks directly to the high quality of instruction as well as the successful retention of students who commit to a minimum of 60 instructional hours before post testing,” said School District Five Director of Adult Education Paula Wright.  “I am very proud of our talented ESL students and their extremely dedicated instructors!”

School District Five’s Adult Education program has been one of the primary adult education providers for the area for over 30 years. With two sites throughout the district, the program is an official High School Equivalency Credential test site specializing in “assessing student needs, creating individualized, comprehensive plans of study, assisting students with transitions to initial employment and career changes, and providing post-secondary education and training.”

School District Five’s Adult Education program offers opportunities for adult students to earn a high school diploma or a high school equivalency credential through GED or TASC.  Additional programs and offerings include, career readiness certification (WIN), paraprofessional certification, family literacy, college and military entrance exam preparation, academic enrichment and computer literacy.

“I am tremendously excited about the recent recognition and acknowledgment of School District Five’s Adult Education Program,” said Dr. Michael Harris, School District Five Chief Planning and Administrative Officer.  “The staff under the leadership of Mrs. Paula Wright have done an exceptional job of making connections across our community.  We are fortunate to have a team of professionals who are bridging the gap with adult learners.”

Celebrating Our Success began in June 2003, by former State Adult Education Director, Dr. Cherry Daniel.  The event began as a way to celebrate the tireless and effective efforts of Adult Education staff from around the state.  The one guiding principle is that all accomplishments must be validated by data.  There are numerous award categories with each one demonstrating the effectiveness of adult literacy.  Awards are made based on the previous years’ aggregated data and established criteria.


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