Representatives from the Office of Adult Education (OAE) of the Technical College System of Georgia recently applauded APS officials for making “significant improvements” in the district’s adult education program. During fiscal year 2013, the program was on a program improvement plan. However, the program has now experienced a turnaround following the implementation of an exemplary plan of action to ensure educational gains for students.
OAE Assistant Commissioner Beverly E. Smith wrote, “We are proud of your leadership and the work of your team in making the Atlanta Public Schools Adult Education program shine!” She asked Dr. Albenny Price, APS adult education program administrator, to share the system’s best practices with other struggling adult education programs across the state.
APS has one of the largest adult education and GED programs in the state. Currently, more than 1,300 students are taking advantage of the district’s free adult education classes offered every week at two dozen sites, including the main program site at the Adult Education Center on 1757 Mary Dell Drive. Classes take place during the morning, afternoon and evening, and are open to individuals age 16 and older.
To broaden the program’s impact, APS collaborates with various partners to offer classes at community-based and nontraditional sites. Classes take place at the City of Refuge social services complex; a downtown location in partnership with the 100 Black Men of Atlanta; and such APS facilities as Forrest Hill Academy, Therrell Educational Complex and Burgess-Peterson Elementary. This school year, classes will be held at two new sites: the Atlanta City Court and a location in Hapeville, Georgia.