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ProLiteracy Applauds President Obama’s Community College Plan, Calls for Additional Support for Adult Literacy Programs

On Friday, President Obama announced two proposals intended to increase access to high-quality skills training. One, America’s College Promise, will make two years of community college free for up to 9 million qualifying students. The second proposal is for a new American Technical Training Fund, which aims to support training programs through community colleges to help low-wage workers gain the necessary credentials and skills needed to be competitive in the job market. While ProLiteracy supports these new initiatives and the President’s commitment to adult education, the proposals do not address the importance of funding support for adult literacy programs that are helping millions of adults at the very lowest literacy levels. These adults need basic assistance in order to gain the skills needed to move on to future educational and job-related goals.

“ProLiteracy commends the President for taking the necessary steps to make adult education training accessible,” says Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. “However, there are 36 million adults in the United States who critically need remedial assistance before being eligible to take advantage of these community college training programs.”

ProLiteracy is calling for the President to address the needs of service providers who are helping at-risk populations, including recent immigrants seeking English language support in order to continue education and find jobs. Many of these learners are being served by ProLiteracy’s network, but the funding has not been proportional to the need.

“Additional funding is required to get low-literate adults to the level that will allow them to take advantage of post-secondary education,” says Morgan. “We’re calling for more support and funding for adult literacy and adult education programs to help adults get to the starting line of community college. We cannot continue to allow these adults to be left behind.”




Today is Giving Tuesday!

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day where ordinary people come together in an extraordinary way to GIVE GREAT.
On Thanksgiving, WE GIVE THANKS.
On Black Friday, WE GET DEALS.
On Cyber Monday, WE GO ONLINE.
And on Giving Tuesday, WE GIVE BACK.
Now we ask you to help ProLiteracy equip all adults with the literacy skills they need to succeed by making your gift today.
'Tis the season and the gift of literacy is the one that keeps on giving, improving not only the lives of our adult learners, but also those of their families and future generations.
We wish you a joyous holiday season. Thank you for your gift of literacy!
You can also text "READ" to 80888. A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill.



The Value of Adult Literacy Volunteering

Did you know that 1 in 4 American adults volunteers in their community? And together, American volunteers donate nearly 7.9 billion hours of service annually?

According to the Independent Sector, the latest national value of volunteer time is $22.55 per hour. Visit Independent Sector’s website to view the per hour value in your state.

Using state volunteer values along with data from our Annual Member Reports, ProLiteracy has calculated the value of adult education volunteer work in each state. How much does adult literacy volunteers in your state compare?

December 5 is United National International Volunteer Day! Make sure your community knows the value of adult literacy volunteering. Ask people in your community to volunteer for your program or find opportunities for volunteering in adult literacy through the National Literacy Directory. In addition, we encourage you to use these figures to show funders, legislators, and other key local stakeholders the enormous value that your volunteers contribute.

Value was calculated based on total instruction hours from ProLiteracy’s Member Statistical Report multiplied by the Independent Sector’s estimation of hourly volunteer value per state.



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