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The West Georgia Technical College Adult Education program is seeking volunteers.

With currently 60,000 adults in the service area that lack a high school diploma or GED credential, the need is great. Each year, more individuals opt out of high school, for a variety of reasons, and face a future of limited opportunity.

“We have a good program and we serve a lot of students, but our resources are limited,” said Karen Kirchler, vice president of adult education. “One of the best ways for a program like ours to increase capacity is through the use of volunteers.”

Volunteering in the adult education classroom can entail a variety of activities. Volunteers often work one-to-one with students, tutoring and providing basic skills instruction in reading, math or writing. They also support instructors by working with small groups of students, or by helping grade papers or make copies.

Sometimes volunteers share their personal expertise, which may not be academically related, but can be helpful to students, such as a former human resources director running an interview workshop for students.

Regardless, the volunteer experience is a rewarding one. As volunteer Rusty Tomlinson said, “The students are here for a purpose; it’s something they want to do. Being here to help them where I can is very fulfilling and gratifying.”

WGTC’s Adult Education program runs classes in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson, Heard Meriwether and Troup counties. Some classes are run at WGTC campuses and some at community sites. Classes run morning, afternoon and evening throughout the week and volunteers are needed at all locations.

WGTC Adult Education is offering a Volunteer Orientation workshop for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer. This is an introductory session that gives volunteers an overview of the West Georgia Technical College Adult Education Program and how volunteers are utilized in the program. Participants will get some insight into working with adult learners as well as learn useful strategies and resources to use when working with individual learners in the classroom.

Two upcoming sessions are planned: One at the Douglasville Campus on March 27 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and one at the Coweta Campus on April 3 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact Dianne McConnell at 770-755-7855.

WGTC Adult Education volunteer orientation sessions

Location: West Georgia Technical College Douglas Campus, 4600 Timber Ridge Road, Douglasville, GA 30135

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014

Time: 5:30–8:30 p.m.

Location: West Georgia Technical College Coweta Campus, 200 Campus Drive, Newnan, GA 30263

Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014

Time: 5:30–8:30 p.m.

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