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Opening the Door to Education

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Since 1965, Racine Literacy Council (RLC) has been providing literacy services to adults in the Racine community. Today, services include tutoring for adults who need to improve their basic literacy skills as well as learn English.

Approximately 85% of our clients are residents of the City of Racine. The remainder are part of Racine County. Statistically, 1 in 6 individuals in Racine County have low literacy skills.

Historically, when one hears the word "literacy" the immediate association is with basic skills, reading, writing and math. That of course is not necessarily the case now. As we are 18 years into the 21st century, digital literacy/computer literacy comes into play as well both financial and health literacy.

We offer Pre-GED classes, in reading, writing, math and computer classes as well as written driver’s license, tutoring, citizenship classes, financial and health literacy classes. For the first time in Spring 2018 we offered science classes, made possible by a partnership with Gateway Technical College and it’s instructors.

Annually, RLC serves close to 300 adults with the help of over 110 volunteer tutors. In the coming year efforts will be strengthened to create relationships with local area businesses.

 

In recent years, our funders have indicated the need to have employable adults in the community. We believe the services provided at RLC will help provide the necessary and valuable opportunities for adults to increase their earning potential communicate better with employers and teachers, advocate for themselves and their families and be productive members in the Racine community.