Urbana to drop community education courses

Urbana to drop community education courses

URBANA — Next semester, Urbana Adult Education will no longer offer classes to community members in the evenings.

However, it will continue to offer adult education offerings such as studying English as a second language, becoming a certified nursing assistant and earning a high school diploma or a GED.

The evening classes are being cut because the position of the staff member who handles communication for them is being eliminated after this month, said Urbana Adult Education Director David Adcock.

They're known as community education classes, and those who participate pay to learn cooking, bridge, golf, foreign languages, computer skills and other subjects.

Adcock said Urbana Adult Education has been offering the classes for 45 years, but funding cuts and reduced staffing will force them to end.

"There's just no way we're going to be able to continue it," Adcock said. This semester's classes will wrap up as scheduled in early December.

"We're getting emails from instructors and people who have taken classes," Adcock said. "They're disappointed to see it go, but they understand it. It's been going on a long time."

This year, Urbana Adult Education took a cut of more than $90,000 in state funding. Salary increases for employees covered by the Urbana teachers' new three-year contract and other rising costs meant the organization had to cut about $190,000 from its budget this year, he said.

Community members paid to take the classes; the fees went toward pay for instructors and some staff time for Urbana Adult Education workers. However, the loss of that one clerical position makes it impossible to continue.

"It's been a kind of a community service," Adcock said. "It's never been a money-maker for us."

Adcock said he's grateful for the instructors who have taught the community education classes, as well as those who took them.

"It's been fun. It's been interesting. It's offered people some new skills," he said. "But all good things must end."

Urbana Adult Education will continue to offer its high school diploma, GED, computer, Certified Nursing Assistant and English as a second language classes, which are available to community members for no charge. All of those programs are popular, Adcock said.

"Pretty much all of our classes are still on wait list right now," he said.

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cbrads334 wrote on October 16, 2012 at 1:10 pm
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Let's make sure that we don't increase any taxes, heaven forbid <sarcasm>. 

A program so popular that it has waiting lists.........what's next?

No, I don't blame Governor Quinn directly.  He had a more reasonable budget to cut spending, but the REPUBLICANS in the state vetoed that budget.  So now we have vital and popular taxpayer-funded programs being cut.  Threats of closing vital services such as caring for the handicapped, or closing prisons, are very real possibilities.  I feel like I'm living in Greece.

What always amazes me is how those who live in districts that elected Republican representatives howl when it affects THEIR district.  Before the last election, it was always cut spending, balance the budget, more spending cuts, etc.  Now we are living with the results.

Yes, we do have to get our budget in line.  That's a fact of life.  Another fact of life is we don't have to do it all overnight.  This is the end result, and it will probably get worse as long as any of the GOP have any power.  It's all about breaks to big business and the wealthy.

I'm sick of it.  I'll never vote for another Republican in my life.

ronaldo wrote on October 16, 2012 at 2:10 pm

The IL house is composed of 64 Democrats and 54 Republicans.

The IL senate is composed of 35 Democrats and 24 Republicans.

According to the Illinois Constitution:

SECTION 8. PASSAGE OF BILLS

    (c)  No bill shall become a law without the concurrence
of a majority of the members elected to each house. Final
passage of a bill shall be by record vote. In the Senate at
the request of two members, and in the House at the request
of five members, a record vote may be taken on any other
occasion. A record vote is a vote by yeas and nays entered on
the journal.

Oh cbrads, quit your whining.  Are you living in some parallel universe??  This wasn't a "Republican" thing.  I'm surprised you didn't somehow drag Bush into this.  And don't try pulling the wool over our eyes - you haven't voted Republican in any recent election, if ever.

See you at the polls.