Over 175 classes are offered to adults in three 15-week semesters at our main offices in downtown Atlanta and downtown Decatur. Students can enroll in various levels of reading and writing, mathematics, computer training, and GED preparatory classes.
Three levels of English as well as conversation classes are available to adult learners from a variety of backgrounds. We also provide programming for refugee-serving organizations and local housing authorities. English classes are offered at 12 different locations throughout the metro area. We have a citizenship preparation education program to help permanent residents – representing over 70 nationalities – achieve their goal of U.S. Citizenship.
Literacy Action is committed to helping adult learners overcome the barriers that may prevent them from achieving their goals. Admissions counselors work with students to provide transportation assistance, referrals for childcare, and even access to a mobile vision clinic for free eye exams.
The Digital Literacy program empowers adults to utilize technology as a tool to self-sufficiency. Adult learners are taught to become active participants in the digital age by acquiring skills such as accessing email, using word processing software, applying for jobs online, or navigating a smart phone.
Building career ladders for low-income workers promotes employment stability, advancement, and allows individuals to earn a better wage. We work with employers on site as well as at Literacy Action’s campuses to advance employees towards that next pay raise.
There is a serious need for literacy among the unemployed. Increasing basic literacy and numeracy skills helps people gain entry to job-training programs. We team up with the Center for Working Families, Westside Works, Per Scholas, and the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia to help people get ready for work. We also administer the Georgia BEST program.
Building up parents on basic academic skills, English, and/or parenting skills are all key components of a parental engagement strategy. We work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta and school districts teaching classes and educating parents.
We have a citizenship preparation education program to help permanent residents – representing over 70 nationalities – achieve their goal of U.S. Citizenship. It is a privilege to help create dozens of new citizens each year. This program is funded by the Department of Homeland Security.
Contributing to the field of adult literacy is a core value of Literacy Action. Georgia State University, the University of Memphis, the University of Toronto, Kennesaw State University, and Emory University have all had researchers conduct studies at Literacy Action. Two Ph.D. dissertations have been written on Literacy Action’s programming.