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The Literacy Center

The Literacy Center in Attleboro, Massachusetts has innovatively served over 500 adults, representing over 60 countries and speaking more than 20 languages, for the last three decades. Though 11% of the city's 45,000 residents are immigrants, The Literacy Center is the only ESL provider in the greater Attleboro area.

The Literacy Center's location in Attleboro is geographically and financially separated from neighboring Boston, which creates an extreme funding challenge. However, this nonprofit's three full-time staff members and 15 part-time teachers make the most of a limited budget through the support of organizational partners and hundreds of volunteers. Through this support, The Literacy Center offers 25 classes each semester, including ESL (4 levels), basic literacy, citizenship classes, computer training, GED preparation, and workforce readiness.

The Literacy Center's innovative use of funds deeply impacts the students it serves, but professional development opportunities are often out of reach. There has never been a representative from the Literacy Center to attend a COABE Conference until this year. Amanda Blount, Executive Director of the Literacy Center, will learn from educators across the country about innovative approaches for teaching Adult Basic Education and engage in discussions on the most current practices at the 2019 COABE Conference.

We are excited to welcome The Literacy Center to the 2019 COABE Conference!