The Literacy Center’s mission is carried out via five main programs:
General Education Diploma (GED) Preparation provides small classroom instruction for adult students testing at 9th grade or above. Self-paced or accelerated classes are available for students to help prepare them to successfully complete the five GED tests.
Adult Basic Education is small classroom learning and one-on-one tutoring to adults who test below the 8th grade level. This program focuses on basic reading, writing and computation, with an emphasis on developing critical thinking skills.
English as a Second Language (ESL) in small classroom and one-on-one tutoring for adults who are not native English speakers. ESL classes focus on helping students gain essential basic English and survival English skills.
Computer Literacy for English and non- English speaking students to learn computer and keyboarding skills to orient them to the technology required for employment and other critical life functions.
Career Pathways focuses on assisting students with their educational and employment goals. Students enroll in Employment Skills and Financial Literacy classes and meet with staff to develop a plan to achieve their goals.
We deliver our programs with the following methods.
One-on-One Tutoring for both English speakers and non-English speakers. We orient and train volunteers to work with students for a minimum of one hour each week. The student/tutor pair may meet at the Literacy Center or off-site at a public place. This mode of instruction uses the Laubach Way to Reading curriculum, a phonics-based series that incorporates both reading and writing.
Small Group Instruction for English speakers and non-English speaking students. Small group instruction consists of Life Literacy Classes. The classes teach students basic living skills so they can better function in the community. The classes are interactive and hands on instruction and use many authentic materials. The classes are kept small so students receive individualized attention.
Computer Aided Literacy which consists of a computer learning center. The computers are installed with educational software programs that teach literacy skills to English speakers and non-English speakers. The learning center also allows students to practice computer and keyboarding skills.