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Mok Inphouva, Youth Case Manager from the Western Arkansas Employment Development Agency (WAEDA) was here last week sharing information with our students. High school dropouts between the ages of 16-24 can receive free gas money to attend GED classes. If you are a high school dropout between the ages of 16-24, you are automatically eligible for the program. The purpose of WAEDA is to help students become more employable by financially supporting their education. Many students struggle finishing school because they don't have anyone to watch their kids, they don't have money to pay for gas, or they don't have reliable transportation. That's where WAEDA steps in, and they are here to fill in the gap and encourage students to finish their education. They also offer supportive services like paid work experience, assistance with books and tuition, and childcare. Find out more at http://www.waeda.org/

Summer school starts next week! Summer I starts on Monday, June 6. Classes meet each morning 8:00-12:30 pm, Monday through Thursday. Night classes are Monday and Wednesday nights 5:00-8:00 pm. The Learning Lab will be open 12:30-5:00 pm Monday through Thursday. Classes will run until June 29. 

This week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded The Fort Smith Adult Education Center a $10,000 grant to support family literacy.  This local grant award is part of over $7.1 million in grants awarded to more than 900 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves.

“We are excited to partner with the Fort Smith Public Schools and Dollar General Literacy Foundation to offer a family literacy program that allows adult students to spend time in their child's classroom while they receive additional English language instruction, citizenship, EL/Civics instruction,” said Fort Smith Adult Education Center director, Gary Udouj.

In addition to the robust GED/ABE and ESL programs  offered in their main location, the center offers Adult ESL classes at several area elementary schools as part of a Family Literacy program we began this year. The adult education instructor works with parents to teach strategies for helping parents work on basic functions, listening and speaking, vocabulary, grammar focus, reading, writing, life skills, pronunciation, and technology skills. The program primarily serves parents who want to learn English as a second language.

“Consistent with our mission of Serving Others, we are excited to provide these organizations with funding to further literacy and education across the communities we call home,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO.  “It is always so exciting to see the true and meaningful impact the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has on both children and adults looking to improve their lives through literacy.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $120 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 7.3 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. 

Our annual school picnic will be on Wednesday, May 25!  

Join us for grilled hot dogs and all the trimmings starting at 11:00 a.m. on the west side of the building.  All Fort Smith Adult Education students are welcome!




Join us for our 42nd annual GED Awards Ceremony and ESL Recognition this Monday, May 16th at 7:00 pm at the Stubblefield Center at the University of Arkansas- Fort Smith!

Our commencement speaker will be Dr. Ken Warden, Dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology at the University of Arkansas- Fort Smith. The Southside High School band will play, and the Northside JROTC Color Guard will present the colors. The amazing Mr. Reginald Moore will sing the national anthem. The event is free and open to the public, so make plans to join us!

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