Lewistown Adult Education program: new place, new face

By: 
Charlie Denison
Reporter

From left, LaVonne Limpus-Jurack, Stephen Taylor and Cassie Bergstrom stand by the Job Service entrance Friday afternoon. They work together to assist with people in the community receive an education through Lewistown Adult Education.
Photo by Charlie Denison

Whether providing assistance to those taking the HiSET (GED) test or prepping for college, Lewistown Adult Education encourages academic achievement for all, and is the most recent program offering HiSET service in Lewistown.

Operated through the Lewistown Job Service, LAE helps people receive these services with funding from a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act grant.

According to LAE instructor LaVonne Limpus-Jurack, who started in her new position in December, the workforce act is “landmark legislation designed to strengthen and improve our nation’s public workforce system.”

It goes hand-in-hand with LAE’s mission: “Believing that every person has purpose, value and potential, LAE provides free instruction to adults and out-of-school youth to improve their academic skills, attain a high school equivalency diploma, transition to post-secondary education, or improve employment status.”

While the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act grant funding has moved to the LAE, adult education and high school equivalency test services are also still offered by the Central Montana Education Center.

"The Central Montana Education Center still offers all of the adult education services it has for over 30 years,” CMEC Director Diane Oldenburg said. “Our Testing and Tutoring Center allows adults over 16 the ability to prepare for and take the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) to obtain their diploma.  In addition we also work with adults who wish to prepare for college entrance and take placement exams, as well as assist them in obtaining job skills.  All of these services are offered for free at the Center on Airport Road to any adults in need."

Both the Central Montana Education Center and the LAE work to help those in the community get the education they seek.

The list of people who can benefit from LAE is long, Limpus-Jurack said.

“We can serve anyone age 16 and over who meets program qualifications. If you think you may be able to take advantage of our program, come in and see us. We’ll figure out where to go from there.”

LAE is also assisting individuals at the NEXUS Correctional Treatment Program to further their education so they have a better opportunity for employment when they return to society.

Serving District 6 (Fergus, Judith Basin, Petroleum, Musselshell, Golden Valley and Wheatland counties), Limpus-Jurack said she is enjoying her new job and looks forward to meeting people from within the community and throughout Central Montana. 

The LAE office is located on the second floor of the Centennial Plaza located at 300 First Avenue North.

For more information, call Limpus-Jurack at 535-6910. Appointments are required.

 

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