Striving to ensure that adult education is accessible to all who seek it.
Our Mission is to become the premier Colorado organization that strengthens individuals and communities by increasing access to and quality of adult education programs. We do this through volunteer training, professional development, and connecting learners and providers. Our work enables learners to improve their life opportunities; businesses to hire literate employees; and individuals, families and communities to thrive.
The Literacy Coalition of Colorado (LCC) strengthens individuals and communities by increasing access to and quality of adult education programs. The Coalition is a resource for those seeking literacy information. We maintain a map of locations across Colorado where adult learners can find classes and volunteers can find opportunities to tutor.
The LCC began in the 1980s as a grassroots community network in Jefferson County. Currently, member programs provide instruction in adult basic education, English as a Second Language, high school equivalency test preparation, family literacy, US citizenship test preparation, and workplace education.
We are reaching out to social service agencies who have clients needing literacy help, programs not traditionally thought of as adult education programs. Two of our newest partners are the Denver Indian Center, Inc. (DICI) and The Other Side Academy (TOSA). At DICI, we will be providing direct instruction - coordinating with Colorado Homebuilding Academy (CHA) - in reading and math to help improve vocabulary and number concepts in the construction field. TOSA's goal is to correct recidivism by former offenders. Their clients who act as tutors will be trained in adult literacy and math instruction in order to be more effective when coaching their peers for high school equivalency exams.
Since its inception, the Literacy Coalition of Colorado has contributed significantly to the field by recruiting and training volunteer tutors. We provide professional development for paid instructors in the field of adult education. By expanding our services to include direct client contact, we will continue to increase adult literacy in Colorado.
I want to thank you for your presentation at Saturday's workshop. Your session was, in my opinion, the most valuable for the kind of tutoring I do.
Philip G., volunteer ESL tutor
The LCC map provided by the Literacy Coalition of Colorado is an invaluable resource for our state. As an adult education provider in Denver and Arapahoe Counties, Spring Institute frequently accesses the map to locate resources for adult learners that are close to where they work and live. We know that convenient access is critical in helping individuals take the first step to learn English or earn their high school equivalency and truly impact their lives.
Paula Schriefer, President and CEO, Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning