The Literacy Center: Investing in Families and Community for a Lifetime

The Lehigh Valley’s growing demand for adult English as a Second Language instruction, and the number of children locally that Advanced ESL Student V. Mesias & Familydo not achieve reading proficiency by the end of third grade, has prompted The Literacy Center to develop ESL instructional classes that incorporate a family reading component to increase generational literacy success.

Providing comprehensive ESL instructional classes that include community resources and opportunities that promote family literacy helps adult students and their families gain greater literacy and reading proficiency. Educational instruction supports students in achieving their education and employment goals, while increasing their ability to read to their children, help them with homework, and actively participate in their children’s education.

SkillsUSA Council: Workshop Pilot Program

10487366_975980512421003_942743046605766044_nSkillsUSA Council is a coalition of 72 business, industry, and school partners committed to fostering a world-class workforce through professional development to support local economic and community growth in the Greater Lehigh Valley. SkillsUSA Council promotes mastery of 21st century career skills, training students in effective communication, professional decorum, financial literacy, and collaborative teamwork at the five local career and technical high schools we serve.

The Workshop Pilot Program focuses on delivering employability skills to a greater number of students, leveraging our business partnerships to develop and deliver programming, utilizing teacher and student leaders to provide secondary training and further integrate 21st century skills into career and technical schools, and creating assessment tools to measure success.


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