ANC adult classes in Leachville

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Sherryl Cooley

Sherryl Cooley is back at Arkansas Northeastern College working with adults at Leachville and Osceola sites.

It is like returning home for Cooley as she worked for ANC at Leachville from 2006 until 2012 when she moved to the Paragould ANC.

Paragould ANC became Black River Technical College so Cooley decided to return to Mississippi County.

“We have a lot to offer,” Cooley said. “The classes are free and we offer TABE (Test Adult Basic Education), Basic Skills Improvement, GED Preparation, Employability Skills, College Prep, English as a Second Language and Computer Literacy at both Leachville and Osceola.”

The classes are also offered at Blytheville at the main campus.

ANC Leachville is located at 103 North Main Street. Classes are held from 8:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Osceola Adult Education is held at 2868 Semmes Street, from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

Cooley invites anyone interested in the classes to drop by for more information.

Classes began Aug. 21 and will end in June 2018.

“We try to meet the needs of the students,” Cooley said. “Many times life just gets in the way and people have to drop out of school. This program gives them a second chance. Some people have a high school diploma but need to work on basic skills. Others need to work on earning a GED and we are here to help. Once they receive their GED, we are still here to help with college options/job skills.

Amy Butts also works in the Leachville and Osceola sites. She is a tutor for Workforce.

Sherion Bearden is also at the Leachville location.

“We are starting to build and have more students,” Cooley said.

The GED program has changed and is aligned with the Common Core program. There are four tests, math, language/arts, science and social studies. Students do not have to take all at the same time. They can take one test at a time giving them time to work on different subjects.

The college also offers the college placement test, Accuplacer, which lets students know where they are.

Cooley said classes are offered every day at the Blytheville campus.

“Our goal is to help people work toward getting the career they want,” Cooley said. “We want them to be able to support themselves and a family in a job they want to do.”

Cooley said she wants to get the word out the doors are open and classes are underway.

“ANC offers a multitude of options,” she said.

The new adult education director is John Kelly.

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