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Lifelong Learning Month

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As written in Missouri Statute, Governor Mike Parson has issued a proclamation declaring the month of February "Missouri Lifelong Learning Month." Governor Parson challenges education, civic and business leaders to work together to make certain that residents of every community have access to diverse and high-quality learning opportunities. 

It is the vision of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to improve lives through education. The following are several examples of ways that DESE supports and promotes lifelong learning and education for all Missourians:

  • Early education and early literacy is an agency priority area and is promoted through events such as our upcoming ​Conference on the Young Years.
  • In high school, students can join career and technical education organizations such as ​SkillsUSA, a program that emphasizes high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education and pride.
  • Breaking Traditions Awards recognize outstanding non-traditional career and technical students and the adults who support them.  
  • Missouri Connections is an online resource designed to guide students through the career planning and preparation process. The system is designed to ease students into college and career exploration, and guide students as they transition into postsecondary education and the workforce. Students develop a flexible personal plan of study, including school and community experiences, which help them gain the knowledge and skills that relate to their career interests. In addition, Missouri Connections provides for a lifelong online e-portfolio in which a record of career exploration, planning, assessment, work experience and academic achievement can be stored and updated.
  • The Missouri Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Program helps Missouri adults get the basic skills they need to be productive workers, family members and citizens. The major areas of support are Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education and English Language Acquisition. These programs emphasize basic skills such as reading, writing, math, English language competency and problem-solving.
  • Our Certification Office helps people become teachers so the cycle of learning can continue in Missouri. 


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