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Literacy Council Has New Moniker
Specifically, the organization’s Customized Workplace English program, which helps companies improve the English language skills of their employees, is now being offered to businesses and organizations throughout Kent and
According to a news release, the
The organization has experienced growth through its 21-year history and the demand for its literacy services has continued to increase as the geographic area it serves has broadened. In addition to its traditional adult tutoring services and the workplace English instruction, the organization is now taking literacy into early intervention programs with parents of preschoolers. Its English as a second language program is also growing.
“Our new name and logo position us to take our literacy services to more people, not just here in
Since 2002, master-level instructors have taken the Customized Workplace English program directly to more than 40 companies and organizations helping them to improve the English language skills of their employees. The Family Literacy program, the newest addition to the
The organization relies on donations from individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations for monetary support, and volunteers are a critical component in delivering services. It costs $1,200 to fund all the materials, programming and operational costs to help one adult learner in the Adult Tutoring program; $250 to train one of the 100 new volunteer tutors recruited each year; and, $2,500 to fund one of the eight family literacy nights held each year.
In addition to donations, volunteers are needed. The Adult Tutoring Program seeks 100 volunteers as tutors. Individuals are asked to volunteer for 90 minutes a week and are given training.
The Literacy Center of West Michigan will continue to operate from its offices at the main branch of the Grand Rapids Public Library,
The organization’s Web site address is now: www.literacycenterwm.org.