Adult Literacy

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Adult Literacy

Our Adult Learning Lab in southwest Detroit helps adults improve their reading, math and computer skills so they can be better qualified for employment. Instruction includes skills for exploring careers and finding employment. Except for a small registration fee, these services are free for eligible participants.

Services

The Adult Learning Lab is located at 4214 Vernor, across from Clark Park. A second site in southwest Detroit called the Wayne State University / Harris Literacy Program is located at 8640 W Vernor Hwy (near Lawndale Street).

The lab offers:

  • GED preparation
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction
  • Adult Basic Education (ABE) for adults needing remedial training in reading and/or math
  • Educational support for those entering college who need remedial help
  • Computer instruction and one-on-one tutoring
  • Academic and career counseling
  • Workplace skills preparation
  • Referrals to wraparound services
  • Financial literacy
  • Instruction and resources for trainees in workforce development programs

Participants must be at least 19 years old and have a goal of finding employment or improving their work situation. low-income and unemployed or underemployed. Eligible adults do not need to reside in Detroit to enroll in the lab.

There are 20 computer stations at the Learning Lab and 16 at the Harris Literacy Program for learners to work on their lessons, with staff instructors and volunteers offering tutoring assistance.

Each adult who participates in the lab is initially tested to assess his or her skills. Based on this assessment, an individualized learning plan is created for the participant to follow.

The lab is open 44 hours a week, Monday through Thursday, with office hours by appointment on Friday. The lab has an open access policy, enabling students to complete the program on their own time. By enhancing their skills, learners will be more likely to secure work, be successful in job training programs, and advance in the workplace.

The lab works closely with the Center for Working Families (CWF) based at Southwest Economic Solutions. The mission of CWF is to help low-income families reach financial stability, access income supports, develop educational and employment opportunities, build wealth, and move up the economic ladder.

Volunteer

The Adult Learning Lab needs tutors to help students with math, English and other subject areas. Sign-up to be a volunteer here.

Program Partners and Sponsors

Many partners are working with Southwest Solutions to provide services and support for the lab. These include Wayne State University, Henry Ford College, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation and Michigan Works!, Madonna University Writing CIP-logoenter, Global Detroit, Dominican Literacy Center and All Saints Literacy Center. In June 2014 the Learning Lab was invited by Reading Works Detroit to become one of nine Impact Partners providing direct literacy service to metro Detroit.

When it began in January 2011, the lab was funded through a three-year grant of $100,000 a year from the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth (DELEG). The lab now receives annual state support through WIOA II funds as well as numerous grants and donations. Since opening the lab has received funding support from the Charter One Foundation, First Independence Bank, Gannett Foundation, Rotary Club of Detroit, and a multi-year grant from the Hearst Foundations. Support for arts education at the Lab is being provided through a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs awarded in September 2015.

RESULTS

Adult Learning Lab has enrolled 248 students in Adult Basic Education, GED preparation and ESL classes in 2015

in 2014. the Lab enrolled 339 persons in Adult Basic Education, GED preparation and ESL classes . 10 individuals achieved their GED
127 individuals participated for the required hours to post-test and showed a measurable increase in score in 2014
26 individuals participated in Dream Act (DACA) workshops and services in 2014
In 2013, the Adult Learning Lab enrolled 266 persons in Adult Basic Education (ABE), GED preparation and ESL classes; 122 participated in ESL, 138 in GED; 13 individuals achieved their GED

CONTACT:

To learn more about the Adult Learning Lab or the Wayne State University / Harris Literacy Program, please email Caitlyn Pisarski or call her at 313-451-8056.

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