State Sen. William R. Haine poses with students and staff members from L&C’s Adult Education department April 12 during Legislative Awareness Day.
GODFREY – Lewis and Clark Community College’s Adult Education department took 15 students and 8 staff members when it completed its annual trip April 12 to Springfield for Legislative Awareness Day.
The Illinois Adult and Continuing Educators Association hosted the 16th annual event, which included 400 adult education and literacy students and staff from programs across the state. They converged on the Capitol to raise awareness of the need and effectiveness of adult education and literacy programs in Illinois.
“Legislative Awareness Day is an opportunity for students from adult education programs from across the state of Illinois to visit the capital and communicate with legislators about the importance of funding adult education,” L&C Transition Coordinator Kim Schweiker said. “These advocates encouraged legislators to provide the funding necessary to continue these services.”
Adult education programs taught students about government and advocacy prior to this day to prepare them to see government in action. Students and staff learned the locations of their legislators’ offices and many talked with them in person. The day culminated with a rally in the Rotunda.
Student speakers described their stories and how adult education is working for them.
“It’s exciting to see students and staff come together from across the state to demonstrate their support of this great cause and to feel a part of the legislative process,” said Val Harris, co-chair of IACEA’s Legislative Committee and L&C’s Associate Dean of Adult Education. “This event is a wonderful demonstration of our association’s advocacy efforts.”
For information about L&C’s Adult Education department, visit www.lc.edu/adulted.