ProLiteracy America, the only national adult education accreditor, has accredited us, acknowledging superior professional leadership, effective programs, a committed governing board, and outstanding volunteer support.
While the majority in Union County can understand pharmacy pamphlets, create a resume and compose email, nearly 15,000 adults cannot, according to the 2010 U.S. Census.
Without the ability to speak, read, write and understand English at a functional level, these adults become stuck in low-wage jobs. They struggle with inadequate or unaffordable housing and poor health. We help our adults change these circumstances by becoming competent readers and writers. Many schools, libraries, churches, civic organizations, and businesses offer space for one-on-one and small group instruction. These partners help us reach more students and more volunteers by providing convenient locations.
In 1998 a coalition of teachers, humanitarians, business professionals and representatives from regional libraries and literacy organizations chartered Literacy Council of Union County. For our first nine years South Piedmont Community College provided office and tutoring space. In June 2007, we established the Adult Literacy Center in downtown Monroe. Our centralized location offers more space and a 10-station computer lab. Read more about our history.