Adult Literacy: Pathway towards self-sufficiency and Civic Participation

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Marks JCH provides adult literacy and education services to 1500 clients annually – setting them on the path to mobility. Students arrive at the Marks JCH from over 26 different countries and receive English language acquisition courses, adult basic education classes, computer literacy, and individualized case management. Marks JCH adult literacy services are ranked in the top quartile of all adult education programs in NYS and have recently been awarded new services under WIOA (Workforce Innovations and Opportunities Act.) The new initiative will combine language acquisition with developing employability skills, and preparing adult students for jobs in the in-demand sectors, putting them on a pathway towards economic self-sufficiency and full participation in civic life.

Funded by the NYS Department of Education (NYSED) and the Department for Youth and Community Development (DYCD) adult literacy and education services provide new emigres with their first steps on the ladder to self-sufficiency and future mobility.

The newly received program under WIOA (Workforce Innovations and Opportunities Act) is designed to get more students to completion and serves students at Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels of English language instruction. Contextualized instruction helps students gain English language skills in the context of their high-demand career sector. Instructional activities feature continued acquisition of basic language and literacy skills in the broad context of work and develop students’ employability skills while preparing them for jobs in the in-demand sectors. Students discover and practice key concepts and professional skills focused on their career pathway. Learning in context helps students acquire the skills needed to transition to and complete postsecondary education and training programs, obtain and advance in employment leading to economic self-sufficiency, and to exercise rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

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