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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • United Way helps DC3 Adult Learning Center

  • Editor’s Note: The United Way of Dodge City began its annual campaign on Sept. 1. The campaign will run until Feb. 14. In light of United Way’s efforts to raise funds for charitable organizations in Dodge City, the Daily Globe will be profiling these organizations. This week’s organization is the Dodge City Community College Adult Learning Center.
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  • Editor’s Note: The United Way of Dodge City began its annual campaign on Sept. 1. The campaign will run until Feb. 14. In light of United Way’s efforts to raise funds for charitable organizations in Dodge City, the Daily Globe will be profiling these organizations. This week’s organization is the Dodge City Community College Adult Learning Center. Those seeking to advance their learning in Dodge City can take advantage of services offered by the Dodge City Community College (DC3) Adult Learning Center. Located at 700 Ave G., the Adult Learning Center offers a range of “Adult Basic Education” services including English as a second language (ESL) classes and GED classes and exams. The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) helps migratory and seasonal farm workers, or children of such workers, who are 16 and older and not currently in school to obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma. The Adult Learning Center currently has 15 employees and has grown over the years. For the 2013 fiscal year it served 411 participants. For the 2014 fiscal year it expects to serve closer to 500. In the last six months it has added two new GED classes in Spanish and an additional ESL class, bringing the total number to eight. “I think we are important because we offer individuals the opportunity to complete their high school education which will of course open up several possibilities if that had not been there,” Director Ryan Ausmus said. According to Ausmus, data shows that the higher level of education someone attains, the more money they are likely to earn throughout their lifetime. The Adult Learning Center uses proceeds from the United Way for testing materials, resources such as textbooks, and part-time instructors. “We would like to express our appreciation to the United Way Allocation Committee because without their help we would not be able to do some of the things we’re doing,” Ausmus said. To take advantage of the Adult Learning Center, contact Ryan Ausmus at (620) 225 – 0186 or rausmus@dc3.edu.
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