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AETN examines adult education opportunities in next 'Arkansans Ask' Sept. 15

Posted 12 Sep 2016

The Arkansas Educational Television Network will address adult education services in a new 'Arkansans Ask' airing Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m.

'AETN works hard every day to ensure educational programming and resources are available for all ages, and adult education is one of our major focuses,' AETN Executive Director Allen Weatherly said. 'Programs like 'Arkansans Ask' help connect our viewers with the right people and organizations to accomplish their educational goals.'

This year marks the 50th anniversary of adult education in Arkansas, which offers an array of programs across the state to help improve education and job readiness. Some of those programs include General Education Diploma (GED), English Language Acquisition, correctional education, family literacy and Workforce Alliance for Growth in the Economy (WAGE).

'For 50 years, adult education has played an important role in our state,' Dr. Charisse Childers, director of the Arkansas Department of Career Education, said. 'The Adult Education Division has welcomed so many people from all walks of life and has adequately prepared them to either earn a diploma or learn very important skills to help them land a better-paying job.'

Featured in this episode is an interview with Steve Landers, who discusses how education and hard work helped him build one of the most recognized businesses in the state. Other segments include English Language Learners, the Arkansas Correctional School and the Conway Adult Education Center.

A panel will discuss the importance of adult learning, the future of adult education and how Arkansans can get involved. In addition to Childers, the panel includes: Dr. Trenia Miles, deputy director of the Arkansas Department of Career Education, Adult Education Division; Linda Kindy, director of the Little Rock School District Adult Education Center, and Lloyd Huskey, director of Arkansas Baptist College Adult Education Center. Lance Turner of Arkansas Business hosts.

Viewers may submit questions and comments at 800-662-2386, or on Twitter with #ARAsk.

This program is underwritten in part by Arkansas Adult Education, a division of the Arkansas Department of Career Education.

'Arkansans Ask: Adult Education' will be broadcast during Spotlight Education week, Sept. 11-18, on AETN. Additional adult education programming airing during the week includes 'Dropping Back In,' a five-part series addressing the growing number of undereducated adults in America, the societal and economic effects and what's being done to help dropouts get their lives back on track. 'Dropping Back In' will air Monday, Sept. 12, through Friday, Sept. 16, at 10:30 each night. AETN also offers: Fast Forward, a learning system designed to help adult learners prepare for high school equivalency tests, college and careers; Workplace Essential Skills, online lessons for adult learners; AETN PBS LearningMedia, free multimedia classroom materials; and Next Avenue, a journalism service designed for baby boomers. Additional information and upcoming programs are available at

The Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas's statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).