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Congress Declares National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

Project Learn invites you to join us in celebrating National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week (NAEFLW), October 18 – 24, 2009.  This Congressional declaration is the culmination of literacy advocacy and outreach resulting in 26 co-signers in the House. Congresswoman Betty Sutton and Congressman Tim Ryan also voted in favor of the bill.


This acknowledgement sheds light into the problem that is our nation is facing. The National Assessment of Adult Literacy reports that 90 million adults lack the literacy, numeracy or English language skills to succeed at home, in the workplace and in society.
Locally, the need for Project Learn’s programs and services are at an all time high. As of October 15, all ABE (literacy and GED) appointments for November are filled. Two hundred students made appointments for orientation in just seven hours! Unfortunately, we now have to tell all perspective students to wait until November 16 to make an appointment for December.

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Exemplary Rating, Exceptional Program

Project Learn of Summit County was recently rated an “exemplary” program by the Ohio Board of Regents. Project Learn students and staff talk about what the rating says about the agency’s culture, program and teachers.

The Struggling Economy and Its Effect on Education

It’s no secret that the economy is in trouble. The number of job openings is down 31 percent from a year ago. Since December 2007, there have been more than 2.7 million layoffs. Some economists say these are the worst statistics they’ve seen in 25 years.


To make matters worse, in Summit County (Ohio), more than 52,000 adults over the age of 25 lack a high school diploma. A sad, yet true statistic.


In Maryland, it’s estimated that about 30 percent of Baltimore city residents don’t read at a sufficient level or don’t have a high school diploma.


In addition to the Summit County residents without a high school diploma, Project Learn’s enrollment has increased because students realize they need better skills to compete and succeed in the workplace.


More companies are requiring that applicants possess college degrees for employment. Laid off workers are going back to school to earn their GED diplomas, in hope that it will lead to a job. Our students understand the dilemma that is before them. The first step to overcoming this problem is to get their GED diplomas. The next step is to acquire additional career training and higher education. proud-graduate3


Project Learn had 200 GED graduates last year. This year we are expecting close to 300 graduates. But we’re not the only program to see a spike in our graduation statistics.


Middletown City Schools’ Adult Education program saw 505 people earn their GED last year. With three months still left in this academic year, about 400 people have earned their GED so far.


The South Baltimore Learning Center (SBLC) has seen a jump in general interest and enrollment in both its GED and External Diploma classes. SBLC has even increased its classes and offerings by about 20 percent to accommodate interested students.


Pretty amazing, huh?


But what do you to when the number of students is increasing, but the amount of money you have is decreasing? And despite the recent stimulus bill, it’s likely that it won’t help adult students tooking to get their GED diplomas.


Tough call.


Although it will get harder to serve students with a limited budget, it will be even harder to turn them away.


Find out how you can help by visiting www.projectlearnsummit.org or calling 330-434-9461. 


Local Leaders to be Recognized at 8th Annual Leaders for Literacy Breakfast

Breakfast InvitaionProject Learn of Summit County will host its 8th Annual Leaders for Literacy Breakfast on March 18, 2009 at 7:30 a.m. The breakfast will be held at the Martin University Center in Akron.

The purpose of the breakfast is to encourage and recognize community support for Project Learn and the agency’s efforts to increase awareness and services for adult literacy.


Judge Linda Teodosio and her husband, Judge Thomas Teodosio, will welcome the guests and talk about the value of literacy.


Following breakfast, there will be an awards presentation to honor the individuals and organizations that have helped in the agency’s dedication to serving the 45,000 people in Summit County who are illiterate. 


This year Project Learn will be recognizing Akron Children’s Hospital, The City of Akron, Sisler McFawn Foundation, and Jean Gadd.


“This year’s award winners can serve as models for how others can get involved in improving our efforts to increase adult literacy, whether it’s through volunteering, workplace literacy classes or financial support,” said Executive Director Rick McIntosh.


Past recipients include Akron General Medical Center, Akhia Public Relations, Akron Community Foundation, First Energy, and the Akron Beacon Journal.


Tickets can be purchased at Project Learn’s downtown site and will be available at the door. Prices are $50 for individuals or $400 for a table of eight. To reserve tickets or obtain additional ticket information, call Marquita Mitchell at 330-434-9461 or visit www.projectlearnsummit.org


Tis The Season

Yes, I know that the holiday season is over.  Well, mostly depending on what culture you’re from, but at least for me, it is.  This has been my first week back after a 2 1/2 week vacation (Yeah!), and I needed it.  I love my students and teaching, but some times you just need a break from all of it to recharge, to get those creative juices refilled and flowing.  I don’t know how creative I’m being right now, but at least I have a little more creative energy now than I did when I finished up in December.

But, as in every job, you generally pay for any day you take off, and Project Learn is not different.  Not only have I been trying to catch up on work that I missed, but the phone has been ringing off the hook.  This is one of our busiest times: the New Year.  Everyone’s making their New Year’s resolution and trying to get their GED at the same time.  Our orientations are filled until the middle of February, and we’ve already filled up all of our walk-in spots. 

The only thing that has been holding us back is the weather.  Even though people promise to get their GED in 2009, our students seem to be putting it on hold until it gets warmer.  This time of year and the frigidly cold weather generally scares some of our students into cloistering around the heating vents in their houses.  So, there’s a bit of contradiciton:  they want to come to class but Papa Frost keeps them from leaving the house.

This is nothing new but always interesting when it happens.  It’s a usual start to a cold year.  Let’s hope it gets the warmer it gets.

Testing… One, two, three!

The world is changing, and so is the way people communicate and gather information.

In an effort to keep up with today’s time, Project Learn, Summit County’s only community-based literacy organization, has started a blog! We wanted to start a blog so that the community could develop a relationship with our organization no matter where they are in the world. Hopefully you will be excited to hear what Project Learn staff and students will have to say about their experiences, good or bad.

We want you to know that we are real people who are trying to help our community. So, feel free to tell us what you think about our work and the newest addition to our family— this blog!