December 4, 2009
KINGSPORT – The Tennessee Department of Labor has awarded the Kingsport/Sullivan County Adult Education Program the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence.
The Kingsport/Sullivan County Adult Education program was one of 13 programs to receive the recognition out of 90 programs across the state.
According to Marva Doremus, Assistant Administrator for the Tennessee Department of Labor Adult Education Division, the award is presented to those programs who meet 15 of 16 state and federal performance criteria.
The criteria include student achievement, the number of General Educational Development diplomas (GEDs) awarded, student retention rate and the number of students served. In 2008-09, the Kingsport/Sullivan County Adult Education program awarded more than 230 GEDs to area residents. The program provides free GED preparation services to students ages 18 and up.
“It is not easy to hit all these performance marks. To achieve the recognition demonstrates consistency in instruction and program excellence. We are really proud of Kingsport and expect that program to continue to grow,” said Doremus.
In addition, Kingsport/Sullivan County Adult Education Director Dr. Lowell Biller has been asked to serve on the Adult Education Transition Team. The team is charged with formulating curriculum and additional services so that GED recipients will successfully transition into post-secondary education. The transition program is expected to be launched in the fall of 2010.
For more information on the Kingsport/Sullivan County Adult Education program, contact Dr. Lowell Biller at (423) 378-8407.