Adult Education receives new name, multiple sites
By Jason Travis
Education opens new doors of opportunity that individuals can walk through.
With that goal, Livingston County Skills U is available to individuals seeking their GED or other Adult Education opportunities. The state rebranded the name from Adult Education to Skills U to try and create a broader picture of what is offered to adults seeking educational opportunities.
Marion native Jay Bennett is the coordinator of Livingston County Skills U. Bennett works at different locations throughout the county to help meet the needs of individuals in local communities. Bennett is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations: Monday-at the Skills U office at Salem Springlake Health and Rehabilitation Center, located at 509 N. Hayden Ave. in Salem; each Tuesday and Wednesday, at the Skills U office in Smithland, located at 436 Walnut St. On
Thursday, at the Grand Rivers Community Center, located at 155 W. Cumberland Ave. in Grand Rivers.
Call or text 270-928-3777 to contact Bennett about the many educational opportunities available.
Individuals can earn their GED diploma, prepare for college/training, earn job-related certifications and increase employability skills.
Bennett stressed all study and preparation work is free. While there is a fee to take the GED test, there are several scholarships available thanks to local businesses and individuals in Livingston County.
From books to computers, Bennett said each office location has all the tools necessary for individuals to use as they study. He said the centers are less structured than a traditional classroom setting and work around an individual's schedule.
For Bennett, he said he enjoys helping people grasp a concept and watch them get excited when they feel good once they have learned something that previously may have seemed daunting.
"If there's one thing that you can't have taken away from you in life it's your education. You can lose everything else but the knowledge you have gained through dedicating yourself to studying and expanding your mind can't be taken away from you," Bennett said. "If anything it's going to open up more worlds that you didn't even know existed before."
He stressed that if a person takes the time to invest in their education they will get a return. That includes anything from an enhancement of their resume when applying for jobs to having skills that make them become more employable.