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"Literacy unifies us all and gives us a ticket to anywhere."
The Northwest Workforce Investment Board has secured funding for a High Tech/ High Touch Literacy Project through the Green Hills Community Action Agency and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This project will target Daviess and Sullivan Counties and will focus on providing training and education to adult literacy student participants.
Literacy students are individuals who are low-level adult learners and have difficulty transitioning into existing Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) classes. This group also includes those individuals using English as a second language (ESL) who also need help advancing into AEL classes. Daviess and Sullivan counties together were found by the most recent (2003) National Assessment of Adult Literacy to make up the highest percentages of residents who lack these basic literacy skills in the nine Green Hills counties.
These students need help gaining the skills and education required to attain a GED and create self-sufficiency in the community by becoming more sought after employees. This project will involve recruiting volunteer tutors to teach participants through one-on-one study sessions. These tutors will be recruited, interviewed, and trainied by the Literacy Coordinator. The Literacy Coordinator will match tutors together with student participants who will be identified with the help of the local AEL program.
The goal fo rthis project is to, not only help participants gain their high school equivalencies, but to assist adults who lack crucial academic/social skills to function in their communities as employees, parents, and citizens. This program is also directed at giving participants the opportunity to further their education even beyond a high school equivalency by persuing a post-secondary education.
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