OKLAHOMA CITY - The Ada Adult Learning Center is one of three centers statewide to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to improve the quality of adult education in rural areas through distance learning technology.

State Superintendent Sandy Garrett said Ada, Duncan and Vinita are the three centers of the agency's 36 adult learning centers statewide. Ada City Schools is the LEA for life-long learning in the Ada area.

Oklahoma is one of only five states to be receiving the grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (SDE) will be utilizing the $58,000 grant to prepare adults to take the General Educational Development (GED) Tests and obtaining their career Readiness Certificate both through the use of distance learning technology.

"Unfortunately, adults in rural Oklahoma are often challenged in accessing adult education because of a lack of transportation, the cost of transportation and/or child care issues," Garrett said. "Yet we know that a GED and a Career Readiness Certificate are absolutely and minimally essential for working adults having a reasonable chance of economic security."

Stephanie Curtis, the executive director of the SDE's Lifelong Learning section, wrote the winning grant proposal.

"Adult students will be able to prepare for the GED at home on their own computer or at various computer lab locations," Curtis said. "It is important for us to provide more opportunities for Oklahomans who have not earned high school diplomas to increase their literacy skills and obtaining the GED Diploma."

In addition to Oklahoma, Maine was awarded a $57,781 grant; Mississippi a $60,000 grant; Montana a $57,000 grant; and Vermont received $60,000.

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