LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina College program is expanding its resources to several East Texas counties in hopes of helping more students reach their educational goals.
The Adult Education Program at Angelina College announced that they have added eight additional counties to their current four counties, making that a total of 12 counties that benefit from the programs classes.
Those new counties include Jasper, Newton, Tyler, Houston, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity counties. AC's Adult Education Program already included Angelina, Nacogdoches, San Augustine, and Sabine counties.
"We are here, we are ready to help you. Let's start the journey together," said Laura Bush, AC's director of adult basic education.
The program is geared towards helping under-educated East Texans meet their long-term goals and for those students who aren't near an Angelina College campus, Many of these courses will be offered at local independent school districts.
The expansion came after Texas Governor Rick Perry signed into legislation Senate Bill 307, which transferred responsibility of adult education from the Texas Education Agency to the Texas Workforce Commission.
The transfer of responsibility means the program now has closer ties with East Texas Workforce Solutions and can focus on more than just basic teaching.
"We don't just stop with your GED; we want you to move forward and help you with how to fill out an application or refer you to the work force solutions offices for interviews," Bush said.
It's not only the close ties with the Workforce Solutions office that is helping these students with their educational goals. It's the trained staff and hands on teachers.
Adult education student Zackery McKinney said that is what really helped him.
"The teachers, they don't just do the lecture and write it out on the board. They come to your table, and they tell you, 'Hey this is what you are doing wrong, and this is what you need to fix.' They teach you in a way that clicks," McKinney said.
Bush said the trained teachers will really benefit the students in the long run.
"As they work with the teachers, they start believing in themselves, they can do that math problem, they can write that essay and because of that confidence then they knows it's like ok that wasn't so bad on go on to something else," Bush said.
The next adult education classes are scheduled for September 2nd.
If you would like to sign up for a class or learn more about the program, you can visit the Angelina College Website, or give them a call at (936) 639-1301.