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FCC's Adult Education Program Restarting Literacy Project

            The Adult Education Program of Frontier Community College (FCC) recently received a grant from the Illinois State Library, a division of the Office of Secretary of State.  The funds have been designated for adult literacy within the community.  With the grant, the Adult Education Program is now reaching out to the community for help with the Adult Volunteer Literacy (AVL) Project, which provides assistance to those who want to improve their reading, math, writing, and language skills.

            Individuals within the community in need of literacy tutoring must be at least 17 years of age and not currently enrolled in school.  They must also compute or comprehend below the ninth-grade level on an approved pre-test.  Additionally, the AVL Project provides support for English language learners (ESL) in the areas of reading, writing, comprehension, computation, and speaking.

            Those interested in joining the AVL Project would offer one-on-one tutoring for adult learners.  After 12 hours of required training (which may be done via face-to-face, web, and program manual), tutors would be carefully matched with adult students and provided all necessary information and support to assist the learner.  Tutors will meet with the student on a scheduled basis throughout the community.

            With the continuing AVL Project, the Adult Education Program is currently accepting applications for a Coordinator of Literacy Development.  This position would be responsible for recruiting and retaining tutors and learners, coordinating the literacy program, preparing reports, and more.  The application and required materials can be found on FCC’s website at iecc.edu/employment.

            The Adult Education and Family Literacy Program is a grant-funded program that offers a variety of courses to meet the diverse needs of individuals in the community.  Classes and supportive services, such as GED Test Prep, are offered at no cost to students.  The program’s courses are designed to prepare students for the GED exam and other tests, and they prepare students for college and the workforce.  You can find GED Test Prep classes throughout the IECC district, including Albion, Bridgeport, Fairfield, Flora, Lawrenceville, Newton, and Noble.

            If you are passionate about education and helping others, become a volunteer literacy tutor today!  Join the AVL Project by contacting FCC’s Adult Education Office at 618-842-3711.  You may also visit the office on FCC’s campus during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 7:30AM-4:00PM).

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