Literacy Council of Reading-Berks

Literacy Council of Reading-Berks

The Literacy Council of Reading-Berks is committed to providing adult literacy courses and workforce preparedness programming.

Improving Adult Literacy, Expanding Professional Opportunities

Literacy Council of Reading-Berks

The Literacy Council of Reading-Berks, located in Reading, Pennsylvania, was established in 1968. Its founding members, 13 women from various community groups, worked independently across Berks County to address the adult illiteracy crisis. By the 1980s, the council was incorporated as an official nonprofit organization and began operating out of a centralized location. It has continued to grow, and today, its mission is to enable people to better communicate with and contribute to their families, workplace, and community.

The council's programs focus on four key student outcomes: read and write proficiently, become a productive citizen, prepare for work, and achieve professional success. Programming includes English tutoring courses, high school equivalency classes, the English Forward Training Program for ESL volunteer tutors, and the Workforce Development Program for career preparedness. Through this array of services, the Literacy Council of Reading-Berks is a leading organization championing adult literacy.

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