Program History

  • The Lonoke Adult Education Program 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. When Mr. Livingston retired in 1985, Steven Lilly took over leadership of the program. Mr. Lilly soon saw the need for 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. 1993 brought more changes when the state office asked for the Lonoke County program to take over the Prairie County program as well. In addition to GED classes, we began offering classes in bask 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. And when Mrs. Shelton retired in 2019, LaCarol Clement took on the role as Adult Education Director.