Knox County Adult Education Center gets new location

Knox County Adult Education Center gets new location

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The Knox County Adult Education Center now has a new location on the second floor of the Knoxville Center Mall in East Knoxville. The Knox County Adult Education Center now has a new location on the second floor of the Knoxville Center Mall in East Knoxville.
"It's a great facility to reflect the quality of education that they receive and we have some terrific faculty," Knox County Superintendent Jim McIntyre said. "It's a great facility to reflect the quality of education that they receive and we have some terrific faculty," Knox County Superintendent Jim McIntyre said.
The program's supervisor said the goal is to teach around 2,300 students for this fiscal year, but they lost around 200 students in the transition between buildings. The program's supervisor said the goal is to teach around 2,300 students for this fiscal year, but they lost around 200 students in the transition between buildings.
"Without a GED now, you're basically lost in the employment," math teacher Jim Smitherman said. "Without a GED now, you're basically lost in the employment," math teacher Jim Smitherman said.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knox County Adult Education Center now has a new location on the second floor of the Knoxville Center Mall in East Knoxville.

The program used to be housed at the old Knoxville High school, but over the summer, they lost that spot as there are talks for other uses for that historic building.

Jim Smitherman is a math teacher for the program and used to be a GED student himself.

"Without a GED now, you're basically lost in the employment," Smitherman said. "That was my stepping stone into other things. I used that when I went into the military."

The new site for the adult education center has seven classrooms, a computer lab, a teacher workroom and three offices.

"It's a great facility to reflect the quality of education that they receive and we have some terrific faculty," Knox County Superintendent Jim McIntyre said.

The program's supervisor said the goal is to teach around 2,300 students for this fiscal year, but they lost around 200 students in the transition between buildings.

Still, program administrators said they're confident they can make up for the lost students, especially since they plan to now use technology as a teaching tool to help the students earn a GED.

"For them to get that piece of paper, from not having a high school diploma to not having a high school equivalency, is on average the difference of $350,000 in earnings over the course of their lifetime," Knox County Schools Adult Education supervisor Nancy Seely said.

"That's just the first step but it's the first step that can lead to all the others but they got to get [a GED] first," Smitherman said.

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