Students at the Gloversville Literacy Zone recently had two opportunities to meet with state legislators, who represent the local area, discussing civic engagement and adult education.
Literacy Zones provide instruction for adults to study for their high school equivalency exam, as well as adults who have a diploma yet need to improve their basic skills to increase their opportunities for employment and continued education and training.
New York State Assemblyman Marc Butler recently visited the Gloversville Literacy Zone.
The assemblyman discussed the importance of civic engagement, including the value of each individual vote. Their active discussion reflected on the results of the recent mayoral race in Gloversville.
The students shared why they decided to attend classes and what employment and training goals they have for themselves after they pass the high school equivalency exam. The discussion included the role that adult learners play in the local economy. Many of the Literacy Zone students are in their 20’s and 30’s, and will be in the workforce for another 35 to 45 years. By increasing their skills and becoming lifelong learners, they become part of the solution for local employers seeking reliable, skilled employees. These classes are partially supported with funding from New York State.
HFM Adult Education Program Manager Laurie Bargstedt and Gloversville Literacy Zone student Youssouph Seydi also recently visited with state Sen. James Tedisco. Seydi and Bargstedt discussed Employment Preparation Education funding and how it has a positive influence on adult learners, their families, communities and the workforce.
The Gloversville Literacy Zone is located at 43-47 North Main St. in Gloversville. They are co-located with the FMS Workforce Solutions Center, which serves local job seekers. New students will be accepted into the program on Jan. 2. More information can be found at the Gloversville Literacy Zone Facebook page. Potential students can also call (518) 736-4340.