The Lonoke Adult Education program was started in the early 1970’s by Mr. M. O. Livingston. The program started as part-time classes to give adults the opportunity to earn their high school diploma through the GED testing program. Upon Mr. Livingston’s retirement in 1985, Steven Lilly took over leadership of the program. Mr. Lilly soon saw the need of a full-time program to serve the adults of Lonoke County and began seeking funding for a full-time adult education center. With the help of Senator Knox Nelson, Representative Bill Foster, Emily Barrier of Governor Clinton’s office, Priscilla Flowers and Dr. Emma Rhodes of the state adult education office funding for a full-time program was finally secured in the summer of 1992. The new center opened in July of in a building located where the current Lonoke County Health Department is now located. Along with Mr. Lilly, Nancy Pinson and Nita Wilson all worked to get the program going and off to a great start. 1993 brought more changes when the state office asked for our program to take over the program in Prairie County. In addition to GED classes, we began offering classes in basic skills, job readiness through the WAGE program, and English as a Second Language classes. In 2013, leadership of the program went to Debbie Shelton upon Mr. Lilly’s retirement.