Wilson honored for advocacy of adult education

 Country music singer/songwriter Gretchen Wilson, left, was presented with this plaque from the Tennessee Association for Adult and Community Education in recognition of her efforts to promote adult education. She was presented with the plaque by Bernadine Nelson, right, president of the TAACE and director of the Wilson County Adult Education program.


Gretchen Wilson’s catalogue of work in the field of country music, for which she has received numerous awards, is amazing, but the singer/songwriter is a multi-dimensional person who has worked very conscientiously as an advocate for other causes, most prominently adult education and literacy. 

That was the word Thursday from Bernadine Nelson, director of the Wilson County Adult Education program.

Because of Wilson’s diligent contributions and advocacy on behalf of adult education across the nation and in this state, the Tennessee Association for Adult and Community Education (TAACE) recently recognized her with a plaque at the organization’s statewide convention. 

TAACE’s appreciation for Wilson’s continued interest in adult education cannot be understated, Nelson said.

Wilson’s willingness to tell her audiences about completing her GED (General Education Diploma) and her encouragement to those in attendance at her concerts that “it is never too late to complete one’s education” is a tribute to her dedication to this cause, Nelson added.

Nelson noted that Wilson helped hand deliver thousands of letters to the Tennessee congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. in May 2009 imploring them to become more aware of adult education and the needs that exist in that area in this state.

While in Washington, she also testified before the House Subcommittee on Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, and Competitiveness to continue her advocacy of adult education before senators and representatives. Wilson returned to Washington in September 2009 to accept a leadership award from the National Coalition for Literacy for her extraordinary contribution to improving literacy in the United States.