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Chatham Literacy

Listing Last Update: September 10, 2021

Location

1002 West Third Street
Siler City, NC 27344
www.chathamliteracy.org

Primary Contact

Leslie Ocampo

(919) 742-0578

leslie@chathamliteracy.org

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Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To study for my high school equivalency exam
  • To learn English
  • To improve my math skills
  • To improve my technology skills
  • To become a U.S. citizen

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Computer

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Program Overview

Chatham Literacy serves adults who are looking to: (1) improve their basic education and/or prepare for and attain their GED (High School diploma equivalent) because they may have dropped out of school before ever having achieved a high school diploma; (2) improve their English reading, writing, and speaking skills because English is often their second language; (3) prepare for and attain their U.S. Citizenship because they have immigrated to the U.S. from Latin America or other regions of the world; and (4) improve their job and promotion prospects because they need to better understand soft skills requirements and norms in today's workplace.

Currently, the majority of services are provided to those living in North Chatham, Pittsboro, and Siler City at convenient locations, such as: Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) in Pittsboro and Siler City, Galloway Ridge at Fearrington, Carolina Meadows, Nature Trail, Western Chatham Senior Center, Western Chatham Food Pantry, churches, libraries, and other public locations throughout the County.

Mission Statement

Chatham Literacy helps adults, living or working in Chatham County, N.C., acquire the literacy and educational skills they need to function successfully in society.

Hours of operation: Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 3 pm

Cost info: Free tutoring and educational materials. The cost of time commitment is 1.5 - 3 hours per week.

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

Something to be proud of: a testimonial by Richard

"I knew that I could not read but most people didn't know. But it was very tough not knowing how to read. Work orders, permission slips, safety tests all required reading. I discussed the problem with my wife and she said, "I will call Chatham County Community College tomorrow."

The College made an appointment for testing. The College [referred me to Chatham Literacy] and I was assigned two tutors. I looked forward to Mondays and Fridays when I met with my tutors. They are two very nice women who are good teachers. I was soon reading and writing independently. Now, I can read signs, bill boards, and I am able to read simple books, my work orders, menus, and some newspapers.

This accomplishment has made a difference in my life and I am still learning."

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

In Chatham County (as per the 2014 census), 14.2% of the population over 25 years old do not have a high school degree, 14.9 % of adults speak a language other than English at home, and 12.4% of adults live below the poverty line. In one section of our geographic target area, 45% of the adults have not completed high school – leading to a high poverty rate.

These demographics represent a significant pool of adults Chatham Literacy can help acquire the literacy and educational skills they need to become part of the work force and contribute to their families and society.

Program Status:
Active