Nonprofit View: Literacy Council adding new programs in 2018
By Samuel Greenholtz - Literacy Council of Carroll County and Inc.
Dec 03, 2017 | 7:00 PM
The Literacy Council of Carroll County, Inc. was founded in 1979 to help those residents who were unable to read and/or write. At that time, education was not yet a priority within the workforce, many of whom were employed in the farming industry or other labor intensive industries. The county began to grow, attracting light industrial plants to the area and the founders of the Literacy Council realized that county residents needed to be prepared for new employment opportunities.
Today, while the basic premise of teaching people to read and write still exists, the Literacy Council has expanded to include a vast array of new programs aimed at a diverse cultural mix of students. We provide training in English as a Second Language (ESOL) for many immigrants from countries in Asia, Africa, Russia, Central and South America who have settled in Carroll County. We also assist immigrants with training so they may apply for U.S. citizenship, thus bringing in new home owners, taxpayers and stakeholders to our community.
We provide all county citizens with work-related training to improve their employment positions, allowing them to be promoted to jobs with increased responsibility and pay. We offer pre-GED training prior to students enrolling at Carroll Community College to attain a GED certificate. The council also offers training in taking written tests to obtain a driver’s license, to electrician trainees, etc. LCCC is currently giving pre-GED classes at the Carroll County Detention Center and has worked with the State of Maryland at Springfield Hospital Center. The Literacy Council works closely with McDaniel College and Carroll Community College to coordinate activities and programs involving literacy.
What lies ahead? The Literacy Council is currently putting together several programs to be introduced in 2018. The first one is to work with our veterans as they rotate out of the military and begin to pursue life in the public sector. We will be helping them to learn where and how to find employment, write resumes and to interview for jobs. This program will be available to all veterans and, at a later date, to the general public. A second program will focus on a conversational program to assist those who are literate but lack the ability to speak fluently in the English language. A third program under consideration is training in financial literacy. Detailed information on these programs will be released as it becomes available.
LCCC is currently operating at two locations; the main office is located in the Non-Profit Center on Clifton Boulevard in Westminster and we have a branch office in Taneytown at Trinity Lutheran Church. Students can also receive training at any branch of the Carroll County Library System (a partner of LCCC) as well as other selected sites in their communities. Most programs are offered on a one-on-one basis with a personal tutor and all programs are provided free of charge. Funding for our programs is derived primarily through grants and foundation awards as well as public support. Your donations are deductible as allowed by law.
The Literacy Council is always looking for tutors who are willing to volunteer time to help those in need. We provide prospective tutors with the necessary training. We also work to ensure that tutors and students are compatible.
In conclusion, I would ask that if you know of a person who struggles with reading, writing, math, etc., refer them to us. We can be reached at 410-857-0766.