The Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC) celebrated three local “Champions of Adult Literacy” at the first-ever Champions of Adult Literacy Awards Reception and Fundraiser on Thursday, November 14, at Harrah's Philadelphia Racetrack and Casino in Chester.
Receiving the “Champion of Adult Literacy” award on November 14 were the Honorable John A. Linder, Mayor of Chester; Philip E. Heron, Executive Editor of the Delaware County Daily Times; and Crossroads Community Church of Upper Darby.
Mayor John A. Linder has been a lifelong advocate of education and of job-training. His support of the Real Men Really Read campaign and of college opportunities for all Chester residents has put him in the forefront of promoting adult literacy.
Philip E. Heron has been an outspoken advocate for adult literacy. “There is no issue closer to a newspaper editor's heart than literacy,” he wrote in a recent editorial. Heron also has participated in the Real Men Really Read campaign and has encouraged the community forums in the Daily Times to address issues of literacy.
Crossroads Community Church, located at 104 Heather Road in Upper Darby, provides an array of services to assist immigrants in the Upper Darby area. Pastor Tim Witmer has been spearheading the church's efforts to reach out to immigrants since 1986. Currently the church offers an Immigration Resource Center, coordinated by Pastor William Jarwood, as well as an ESL Sunday School group for adults. The church also hosts several DCLC ESL classes.
Support the sponsors of Champions of Adult Literacy, including: Hall of Fame Sponsors: Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union; Harrah's Philadelphia Racetrack and Casino; All-Star Sponsors: Bryn Mawr Trust; The Philadelphia Foundation; Gold Sponsors: Crozer Keystone Health System; King's Automotive; The Rotary Club of Swarthmore; Silver Sponsors: AWE Digital Learning Solutions; John Cipollone Heating & Cooling; Bronze Sponsors: Plush Mills Senior Living.
In January 2014, the GED® Testing Service is changing the test. The content of the new GED test will be more complex, and the test will be administered on the computer. That means that adults who have passed some but not all of the test by December 2013 will lose all of their passing scores and will have to start from the beginning. At DCLC, we offer free classes and materials to adults who need to improve their skills before taking the GED test.
Not having a high school diploma can hurt a person’s ability to get a job and to earn a living wage once employed. In Delaware County there are 50,400 adults, 9% of our population, who did not complete high school. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that people without a high school diploma or GED have an unemployment rate 50% higher than people with a diploma or GED.
Throughout 2013 DCLC will be focusing on helping adult learners who have already passed at least one of the GED tests and would like to finish by the end of the year.
Read DCLC Executive Director Kate Hyzer’s letter to the editor on this subject, published in the Delaware County Daily Times in February 2013.
To facilitate the transition to the 2014 GED test, computer-based GED testing is now available at many sites throughout the United States. Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC) will be opening a computer-based GED testing site in 2014 that will provide more options for students working hard to prepare for the GED. Once the site is up and running, students will be able to schedule and take the new solely computer-based 2014 GED tests here at DCLC.
According to the GED Testing Service, adults who take the GED test on computer are finishing faster and scoring higher. The video below clarifies the difference between a computer-based test and an on-line test (not an option for the GED). To learn more, visit www.GEDcomputer.com.
The DCLC building will close at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, December 23, 2013, and be closed from December 24, 2013, to Wednesday, January 1, 2014, for winter holidays. The office will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2014.
DCLC adult learner Henrietta Dua received Sun East Federal Credit Union’s “People Helping People”; award this June for an essay about her efforts to raise money and build a school for a village named Sesame in Ghana, Africa. All DCLC adult learners were eligible to enter the contest, which asked DCLC students to write about a personal experience of volunteering in the community and its impact. Henrietta (center in photo) won $100, courtesy of Sun East Federal Credit Union, which she received personally from Wes Crane(at left in photo) and Denise Romanelli of Sun East Federal Credit Union . Henrietta studies reading in a small group with volunteer tutor Peter Matthews (at right in photo), who provided support and guidance as she prepared and submitted her contest entry.
Several DCLC adult learners who volunteered in the community entered this year's contest. DCLC would like to congratulate Henrietta and all the contest participants and to express sincere appreciation to Sun East Federal Credit Union for sponsoring "People Helping People." For more inspirational stories by and about DCLC’s adult learners,
visit our Student Showcase and our Student of the Month feature.
Adults interested in GED preparation, English as a Second Language (ESL), or Basic Literacy instruction or tutoring should contact DCLC at 610.876.4811 to learn about the intake process. New students will be enrolled in orientation sessions throughout 2013. Services available include classes, small-group instruction, and one-on-one tutoring at various Delaware County locations. Read more ….
Free training for new volunteers who will tutor in reading (also called Adult Basic Education, or ABE), English as a Second Language (ESL), or math is offered throughout the year. The next Tutor Training sessions will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings, January 14, 16, 21, and 23, 2014, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., at Delaware County Literacy Council, 2217 Providence Avenue, Chester PA 19013. Attendance at both sessions and pre-registration are required. Deadline to register (including application) is Thursday, January 9, 2014.
Call 610.876.4811 to discuss volunteer opportunities and the application process, or read more about how to become a volunteer tutor.
Join a group of DCLC tutors and other book lovers in reading a work of literature each month to promote reading and to share ideas about the books that are read.
This month, the “One Book...One Literacy Council” will meet on Monday, January 6, at Noon, to discuss The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan.
The meeting will take place at DCLC, 2217 Providence Avenue, Chester PA 19013. Feel free to bring your lunch to this informal gathering. All are welcome. No RSVP is required.
Participants also can post their reactions to the book on our blog.
Future selections of the discussion group include:
The “One Book...One Literacy Council” group reads books of mutual interest and meets regularly (usually the first Monday of the month) to discuss them. To learn which books have been discussed previously by the group, read our list of past books.
The Hundred Secret Senses
by Amy Tan