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Opening the Door to Education



Established in 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 adults in Racine County has 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 19 years into the 21st century, digital literacy/computer literacy comes into play as well both financial and health literacy.

In October of 2018 RLC's newest addition to our service offerings include our first 5.09 High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) program. The 25-week program provides the opportunity for adults to obtain a high school equivalency credential. Our first 5.09 HSED class is scheduled to graduate on May 22nd. RLC hopes to expand the evening 5.09 HSED class as we continue to provide classes, in reading, writing, math and computer classes as well as written driver’s license, tutoring, citizenship classes, financial and health literacy. 

RLC is also working with Pastor Anthony Balistreri to offer literacy services to inmates soon to be released from the Racine County Jail. Just another way RLC continues to collaborate and establish relationships within the community. Annually, RLC serves close to 250 adults with the help of over 115 volunteer tutors. 

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.