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ProLiteracy Statement on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

In July, the United States Congress has passed theWorkforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), bipartisan, bicameral legislation reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill by a nearly unanimous vote of 415-6, and the U.S. Senate passed it by 95-3. It now moves to President Obama for his signature.

ProLiteracy supports WIOA as a crucial step toward getting Americans back to work by reinvesting in the adult literacy and basic education field.

ProLiteracy's Executive Vice President Peter Waite was in attendance in the U.S. House of Representatives during the introduction of this important bill.

"ProLiteracy applauds Congress for reauthorizing this crucial legislation which will help the U.S. workforce obtain the education and skills necessary to succeed in today's economy," says Waite.

ProLiteracy will continue to press for additional funding for the adult literacy and basic education field and to ensure that the unique needs of the lowest level learners and the programs that serve them are recognized.




ProLiteracy Receives Literacy Grant from Dollar General Foundation

In May, ProLiteracy received a $265,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to continue to build a replicable and scalable model of creating adult literacy programming within non-literacy service networks such as in agencies that serve migrants, the homeless, or victims of abuse.

In the pilot year of the Expanding Access program (EAP), ProLiteracy worked with agencies in El Paso, Texas, San Antonio, Texas, and Little Rock, Arkansas. EAP expanded to Ardmore, Oklahoma, in its second year. In all four communities, ProLiteracy is working with local organizations to expand access to literacy and English language services for children and adults, and to build prosperity for the entire community through literacy and education.

The program in Ardmore includes other national partners that have come together to produce change focused on one rural community. Together, the partners offer services, resources, and programming in citizenship preparation; family literacy; GED/HSE preparation; learning English as another language; basic reading and writing; and technology. Ardmore, located in south central Oklahoma, 90 miles from both Oklahoma City and Dallas-Ft. Worth, has a population of 35,000, 93 percent of which are over the age of 18. Dollar General is a major employer in Ardmore.

Ardmore Literacy is a collaboration of The American Library Association; The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy; The Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce; Jobs for the Future; The National Center for Families Learning; and ProLiteracy, and local partners Ardmore Barbara Bush Literacy Corps; Ardmore Chamber of Commerce; Ardmore Public Library; The Grace Center of Southern Oklahoma; New Dimension Literacy Council; St. Mary Catholic Church; and Ardmore City Schools.

The Expanding Access project continues through 2015 with the completion of a national awareness raising initiative and the dissemination of a model blueprint that other communities can adapt to implement the same type of services.

For more information about ProLiteracy’s Expanding Access, contact Jane Hugo, senior project coordinator, at




ProLiteracy Awards More Than $100,000 in National Book Fund Grants

ProLiteracy is proud to announce the award of more than $100,000 in National Book Fund grants to 65 community-based programs around the nation in support of adult literacy and basic education.

“At ProLiteracy, we are passionate about our mission of providing  programs with the resources and materials they need to help adults learn to read, write, and do basic math,” says Michele Diecuch, senior membership and program manager. “Every year, we receive a number of compelling, high-quality applicants. We are pleased to be able to offer grants to nearly two-thirds of the applicants we receive. ”

Since its inception in 1995, ProLiteracy’s National Book has awarded more than $2.9 million in grants , helping more than 305,000 adults, youth, and children improve their reading skills as a result.

The next National Book Fund application process will begin in March 2015.

ProLiteracy National Book Fund Recipients—2013-2014



Alaska Literacy Program

Anchorage, Alaska

Literacy Council of White County

Searcy, Arkansas

Adult Literacy Program, Santa Barbara Public Library

Santa Barbara, California

Lodi Public Library— Adult Literacy Services

Lodi, California

LearningQuest—Stanislaus Literacy Centers

Modesto, California

Five Keys Charter School

San Francisco, California

Colusa County Free Library

Colusa, California

Azusa City Library

Azusa, California

Jack Hill Lifelong  Learning Center

San Bernardino, California

Greeley Evans School District 6

Greeley, Colorado

Durango Education Center

Durango, Colorado

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford

Hartford, Connecticut

Calvary Women's Services

Washington, D.C.

Friends of the Library of Homosassa

Homosassa, Florida

Alachua County Library District

Gainesville, Florida

Office of Adult Education—Lanier Technical College

Oakwood, Georgia

Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta

Decatur, Georgia

The Literacy Council

Rockford, Illinois

Aquinas Literacy Center

Chicago, Illinois

Adult Literacy Project at Waubonsee Community College

Aurora, Illinois

Literacy Volunteers of America—DuPage

Naperville, Illinois

Literacy Coalition of Greene County

Bloomfield, Indiana

READ La Porte County

La Porte, Indiana


Bloomington, Indiana

Quincy Asian Resources (QARI)

Quincy, Massachusetts

Literacy Volunteers of Bangor

Bangor, Maine

Tri-County Literacy

Bath, Maine

St Luke New Life Center

Flint, Michigan

Montcalm Area Reading Council (MARC)

Greenville, Michigan

Literacy Volunteers of SW Minnesota

Marshall, Minnesota

Joplin NALA Read

Joplin, Missouri

The Literacy Commons

Pembroke, North Carolina

Adult Literacy Program—Fayetteville Urban Ministry

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Literacy New Jersey, Gloucester County Programs

Woodbury, New Jersey

Literacy Volunteers of Salem and Cumberland Counties

Bridgeton, New Jersey

Literacy Volunteers of Morris County

Morristown, New Jersey

Carlsbad Literacy Program

Carlsbad, New Mexico

Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Literacy of Northern New York

Watertown, New York


Syracuse, New York

Union Settlement Association

New York, New York

Great Plains Literacy Council

Altus, Oklahoma

Delaware County Literacy Council

Chester, Pennsylvania

Thrive International Programs

Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Perry County Literacy Council

Newport, Pennsylvania

Literacy Volunteers of East Bay

Bristol, Rhode Island

World Friends ESL Ministry

Summerville, South Carolina

Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry

Bluffton, South Carolina

Trident Literacy Association

North Charleston, South Carolina

Housing Authority of Lancaster

Lancaster, South Carolina

Nashville Adult Literacy Council

Nashville, Tennessee

Literacy Advance of Houston

Houston, Texas

Marshall-Harrison County Literacy Council

Marshall, Texas

Tarrant County Samaritan Housing

Ft Worth, Texas

Pittsylvania County Literacy Program

Chatham, Virginia

Literacy for Life

Williamsburg, Virginia

Suffolk Literacy Council

Suffolk, Virginia

Literacy Council of Seattle

Seattle, Washington

Literacy Source

Seattle, Washington

Winnebago County Literacy Council

Oshkosh, Wisconsin

West Central Wisconsin Community Action Agency (West CAP)

Glenwood City, Wisconsin

Fond du Lac Literacy Services

Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

International Learning Center

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Literacy Volunteers of Harrison County

Clarksburg, West Virginia

LAMP Adult Education Program

Hinton, West Virginia



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