Madison WI (1/6/2011)
The Cummins Foundation awarded $39,549 to Literacy Network to fund adult education programming to improve English reading and writing skills for employment. The English for Work program will support adults' reading, computer literacy, job skills and language skills.
The project will create a new first rung on the career ladder for low-skilled adults to help them enter employment training programs. This project will build on partnerships with Madison College, Centro Hispano, YWCA, Catholic Multicultural Center, Omega School and Urban League.
"Adult learners with low basic skills need personalized educational support to succeed in the workplace. We're happy that Cummins is supporting this important program for many hard-working adults and families," said Jeff Burkhart, Executive Director.
The project will focus on:
- basic literacy skills development such as reading, writing, and language
- basic computer skills related to employment and English language training
- volunteer-based mentoring to help learners identify and pursue their goals
- creation of tangible employment-related work products
"We like that the program connects to personalized basic reading, writing and educational strategies for those who need it most," said Cummins Community Involvement Team Grant Chair Amol Kulkarni.
Literacy Network offers literacy and language services to the community free of charge, with no entry requirements. Most participants are low-income learners working on building their reading, writing and speaking skills so that they may seek better opportunities and support their families.