Notes and Tips for Good Goal-Setting

(...which can be used to facilitate discussion and planning with students)

The start of a New Year – or the turning of a New Leaf – is a great time to focus extra energy on GOALS. As each year passes, what we need and what we want changes and evolves. This could include, for example, needing/wanting changes, improvements, and learning within: our education, careers, work & projects, health, and relationships.

Goals help us define our aspirations, ambitions and purpose. They help us clarify and outline what we want to accomplish or improve or create or make better, in ourselves and our lives.

Students and learners of all ages experience challenges and stresses. Adult learners, in particular, often fulfill the primary roles of caretaker and/or employee and/or head of household. While they bring maturity, focus, and real-world experience to the classroom, adult learners also face additional stressors related to work, family, scheduling, health, finances, technology/knowledge gaps, etc.

Alicia’s hard work and dedication has paid off. She has earned her North Carolina State Certification for Medication Aide Administration! The test is extremely complex. There are 7areas of focus: Abbreviations/Medical Terminology; Regulations; Medication Administration; Measuring Devices; Metric System; Prescription Labels; and, Medication Administration Records. The test is timed and consists of 60 multiple choice questions. The applicant must obtain a 90% or higher to pass. In other words, you can only miss 6 of the 60 questions to pass. There is minimal room for error!

Alicia’s had many goals upon joining the Blue Ridge Literacy Council. Her top motivation is continuous learning to improve herself and be a good role model for her son. Her other goals included:

Mission Mondays are a time to understand the literacy crisis right here in Henderson County, the economic impact of low literacy, and the work that the Blue Ridge Literacy Council is doing to ensure their Mission is going beyond the basics of literacy education to strengthen the community.

“Literacy is no longer defined as the ability to read and write; in today’s global multicultural digital economy, literacy education must go beyond basics to ensure communities are poised for success” said Autumn Weil, Executive Director.



Hendersonville, NC June 6, 2018 - Representative Chuck McGrady worked with the NC Literacy Association to understand the economic impact of adult education providers across the State who were losing their traditional funding.

The NC Community College System (the System Office) through its College and Career Readiness Department receives $21M in funding from the federal government to implement the Adult Education & Family Literacy Act of the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act. These funds are provided to each state to ensure the workforce is receiving the education, training, and support needed to provide economically strong communities, which in turn reduces unemployment, underemployment, and the use of welfare programs.