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- The National Literacy Directory has helped connect more than 50,000 potential students and volunteers to literacy services, community education programs, and testing centers since 2010.
- We provide listings for Early Childhood, Family Literacy, High School Equivalency/Adult Basic Education, English Language Learning, and Citizenship Classes.
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The Importance of Education
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The student being highlighted was directed to our Literacy Council through a program initiated through the local court system. As an alternative to being incarcerated individuals are give the opportunity to enhanced their literacy skills through a training program found at CCVL. One student, James, has continued beyond his court requirement and continues in our program with hopes of eventually obtaining his GED. He entered the program reading at a fourth grade level. The challenge will be difficult but his commitment has been made and he is remaining ever constant in the pursuit. He attends regularly with an eager interest in learning. We are tremendously excited to have James as one of our students and plan to offer every support measure to aid him in his eventual accomplishment.
I was able to gain work experience and learn from a wonderful teacher Linda Cowels. During the 5 years I spent at A.C.S.I, I was able to boost my confidence, and help hundreds of people in all different types of ways with the services A.C.S.I had to offer. I learned a lot of new things working there. I was able to obtain my High School Diploma threw Sumter Adult Education. I also received my CPR/BLS/AED certification. I also obtained my food stamp certification to help people obtain food stamp or other benefits through the Department of Children and Family. I also received my Domestic Violence certification. I received my Notary License. I would say that the 5 years I spent at A.C.S.I was the best years of my life. If I were able to continue to work there I definitely would, I would probably work there until I was able to retire from there.
Student Roseta says being a student of Project Literacy makes me try to be a better person. Watching all these people who dedicate their knowledge, their time, their money, makes me ask myself: what am I doing for helping others? I try to help others even on everyday simple things. In the future I look forward to volunteering and maybe I can make a difference in someone else's life. Project Literacy is a wonderful program.
Before OE, I couldn't understand math, but now I understand it better. The teacher goes over and over and breaks the problem down until we get it, which I think has been very helpful for me. I'm proud of being here. I'm really am!
My reading skills has really improved ever since I've been here. I'm reading more, I'm asking more questions, and I'm actually better at understanding what I am reading.
Witnessing the progression of English language in adult immigrants and refugees which my program serves, is heartwarming and immeasurably rewarding. As my learners progress to each level of our language and then become U.S. citizens is the joy of my life. The ESL In-Home Program of Northern Nevada was created in 2004 and in 2008 was given the nonprofit status. It provides educational programs in ESL, GED Preparation, Workplace Communication, Computer Literacy and U.S. Citizenship study at no cost. Our trained ESL community volunteers tutor at the student's availability in the homes of the student or tutor, as well as in public sites (i,.e., library). We teach morning, noon, night, weekends, holidays at no cost to the learner. My program has helped over 6,000 adult immigrant and refugee families in 5 counties of Northern Nevada: Carson, Washoe, Douglas, Lyon and Churchill Counties. Our learners have found jobs, were advanced in their employment, communicate with their children's teachers and medical personnel without interpreters, help their children with homework and other school activities, shop in English-speaking stores, and some have enrolled in higher education. 301 have become U.S. citizens.
"Susann played a huge role in helping me pass the GED," student Sarah said. "Thanks to her tutoring, I was able to score in the top 5 percent of the country. I am very thankful for the help I got from the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council."
SBLC hosted our annual fundraiser July 27, 2018 where learner Mykel Knight recited a poem. Mykel recently passed the social studies portion of his GED and is a prolific poet. Mykel received a standing ovation and his donated, framed poem sold in a competitive bid! We look forward to watching Mykel succeed passing his GED, building his self-esteem and happily going through life! Mykel will be featured in a local coffee house, The Drowsy Poet, for their first live poetry event.
Elizabeth shares a quote from her student Felix:
"I'm Felix and I'm from the Dominican Republic. I want to improve my English. I found out about Washington English Center on the website. I was interested in this school because it's a school that helps all immigrants and it's fun to know people from different countries. We have different teachers every time and that's good for us. Everyone has different ideas and accents and that's good for us. Some speak more slowly, some more quickly. This is my first time in an English school. I learned English in my ex-job, but now I'm learning the rules and the vocabulary and that's helped me a lot. I appreciate everything the teachers do for us."
As Program Manager, I have had the pleasure of witnessing both children and adults acquire the vital literacy skills to be able to read the necessary materials to conduct their lives with the dignity and respect that our culture demands of them.
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The road to High School Equivalency
Depending on your location, you will need to take either the GED, HiSET, or TASC test to achieve your high school equivalency credential. Enter your ZIP code [above] or call our 24/7 toll-free hotline (1-877-389-6874) to connect with your local adult education center. Learn more about each test: