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The Source: Adult Literacy Programs Have Bumpy Road Ahead | State Of Aviation In SA

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In the first segment:

With the City of San Antonio taking the unpopular step of closing its seven community learning centers, what does the work load look like for organizations trying to teach people to read and how to pass GEDs. Upcoming changes to the GED test will make it more difficult to pass them, especially for adults, service providers worry.

How big is the problem of illiteracy in San Antonio? What resources exist? How will the city's action impact services?

We talk with Carolyn Heath, executive director of Each One Teach One, a nonprofit dedicated to adult and family literacy. 

Also, we talk to Kim Vinton, coordinator for adult basic education, from Educational Service Center Region-20.

In the second segment: 


The state of the aerospace industry has been in question due to sequestration. The industry gets an influx from defense spending and with the cuts have rolled out their own layoffs of employees. Lockheed Martin announced a 4,000 person cutlast month, and Boeing cut 300 employees  in September -- 50 of those here in San Antonio.

San Antonio has seen some lost business at Port San Antonio, but several good news stories have shown the city to be well positioned, calling Port San Antonio the new industry backbone of the city. San Antonio has built up this sector, but how can San Antonio stay competitive?  

We talk with Port San Antonio President & CEO Bruce Miller about what he sees at Kelly Aviation Center and how he feels about San Antonio's future in the industry. Also on the line, District 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña, who is on the city's aerospace working group, will tell us how the city supports the industry.

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