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Donor Issues Fundraising Challenge to Support New College Students
Dane County's leading literacy organization works to fund successful College Transition Project
Madison, Wis. - In just eight days, Literacy Network has the chance to fund a program that helps adults access college for one entire year.
A long-term donor and volunteer has challenged the organization to raise $12,000 by Wednesday, Aug. 15. The sum will be matched dollar-for-dollar-and if met, will fund and expand Literacy Network's College Transition Program over the next year.
The College Transition Project addresses the growing need to help disadvantaged adult students in Dane County improve their higher education success rate and future employability. As a result of the project, college advisors now hold office hours at Literacy Network, and the organization has placed 36 trained classroom tutors in college classrooms with great success.
"Adults who come to our programs are looking for a bridge to college so they can support themselves and their families," said Jeff Burkhart, executive director of Literacy Network. "This fundraising opportunity will continue our work in helping Literacy Network learners access the dream of a college education and a better career."
Approximately 50,000 adults in Dane County lack the functional English literacy skills needed to read a letter from their children's teachers, a label in a grocery store, or instructions from a doctor. Improved literacy can lead to financial independence, good health and greater involvement in the community.
Literacy Network is a non-profit organization made up of teachers, students, tutors, volunteers and donors all working together to improve adult literacy in Dane County. Programs teach reading, writing and speaking skills to Dane County adults and families. Learners have access to Literacy Network classes, personal tutors, a computer lab and a learning library-all free of charge.