Some of you reading this may not believe it. Most adults living in Lycoming County will not believe it. There are an estimated 18,000 adults in Lycoming County who carry a secret every day of their lives – hoping they will not be found out. What is the big secret? These adults either do not know how to read or read well enough to make their lives and their families’ lives better.
Helping to deal with the anxieties of being caught with this secret are tutors who volunteer with The Learning Center. You can also make a difference in an adult’s life by becoming a volunteer tutor. Call 326-0536 ext. 159 to find out how you can help.
Workshops are held periodically to teach volunteers the skills, strategies, and materials used to work with adults who want to improve their reading. Students may also include adults who want to brush up on their math, writing, or spelling skills in order to re-enter the work place, advance to better employment, get a high school equivalency diploma, or pass an entrance exam to a post-secondary institution.
Other adults who have immigrated here and need to learn to speak, read and write English and pass the U.S. Citizenship test. The Family Literacy program at The Learning Center works with parents who want to improve their reading and math skills so that they can help their children be prepared to enter school and help them with homework when they enter school.