Gloria Harvin and Willie Mae Lewis are recognized for their work; Adult Ed program honored for its results

Honors awarded to BCSD Adult Ed program and staff
Posted on 02/21/2018
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Adult Education program earns state honors
for performance; staff also win recognitions

BEAUFORT – The Beaufort County School District’s adult education program has been honored for outstanding results, and two key staffers also have earned recognition for their work.

Competing against other large South Carolina school districts, Beaufort County’s adult education program was honored for the highest number of high school diplomas earned and also for the highest number of WorkKeys certificates earned.

“This is the second straight year that our adult education team has been honored for its successful work,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss.  “There’s no doubt that Beaufort County’s program has a major positive impact on people’s lives and also on the county’s economy.”

The district’s adult education program helps students of all ages earn their South Carolina high school diplomas, WorkKeys certificates or high school equivalency diplomas (GEDs). 

Adult Education Director Juanita Murrell said the program’s singular focus is its biggest strength.

“We’re all about one thing – helping our students get and keep good jobs,” Murrell said.  “If we succeed, our students succeed.”

The district’s adult education program earned two statewide honors:

  • WorkKeys Award – Students who score well on national WorkKeys exams can earn “portable” National Career Readiness Certificates that can be used to qualify for jobs anywhere in the country.  The South Carolina Department of Education recognizes adult education programs in which students earn the most WorkKeys certificates, and this year Beaufort County’s students earned the most certificates (541) in the statewide classification for large adult ed programs.
  • High School Diploma Award – This award is presented to the program with the highest number of High School Diplomas (also by program size).  Students in Beaufort County’s adult education program earned 41 high school diplomas.

Nearly 1,300 students were enrolled during 2016-17 at nine locations across the Beaufort County School District’s adult education program.  Students pay no fees to participate as they work toward high school diplomas, WorkKeys certificates or GEDs.

Adult education programs in South Carolina’s “Large” category have between 1,000 and 1,499 students. 

Two Beaufort County adult educators won regional recognition for their work:

  • Paraprofessional/Administrative Assistant of the Year Award – Intake Specialist Gloria Harvin coordinates the orientation and registration process for new students.
  • College and Career Navigator of the Year Award – Willie Mae Lewis helps adult education students enroll in two- and four-year colleges and also assists them with financial aid.  She also assists adult education students with finding and getting jobs.

Other programs in Beaufort County’s adult education region are Aiken; Allendale; Bamberg/Barnwell; Berkeley; Charleston; Colleton; Dorchester; Hampton/Jasper; Orangeburg/Calhoun; Hampton Literacy; and Trident Literacy.