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Adult Learners Fall Further Behind in Unstable Economy

For Immediate Release

For more information please contact:
Nicole Stroud for the Literacy Council of Independence County
870-793-5912
info@literacyindependence.org

Tracy Carman for ProLiteracy
(315) 422-9121, ext 374
tcarman@proliteracy.org

Adult Learners Fall Further Behind in Unstable Economy

-Adult Literacy Programs Work to Educate Those Often Left Behind-

(September 9, 2010, Batesville, AR) – The Literacy Council of Independence County in Batesville, AR is part of a national network of literacy organizations offering adult education programs to help Americans gain the basic literacy skills they need to be employable in today’s tough economy.

According to ProLiteracy, the world’s largest organization of adult basic education and literacy programs, the literacy crisis in the U.S. costs the nation $60 billion a year in lost productivity, $73 billion in unnecessary health care expenses, and contributes to unemployment, crime, drug abuse, and homelessness. Adult education and family literacy programs address these problems at the community level by providing the estimated 30 million adults with low literacy levels with the education they need to participate in the workforce.

“Education remains the most successful tool we have to fight unemployment,” said Nicole Stroud, Director of the Literacy Council of Independence County. “Our adult education programs match trained volunteers with adults to help them improve the reading, writing, and language skills they need to take their lives in new directions and to contribute even more to their communities.”

“In the U.S., one out of seven adults has below-basic literacy skills,” said David C. Harvey, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. “Making an investment in people’s education goes a long way in creating a skilled workforce. September 13 through 19 is Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, and we want to use this awareness week to sound the alarm about the growing American literacy crisis.”

The Literacy Council of Independence County is a member of ProLiteracy and is one of hundreds of community-based organizations that make up the ProLiteracy network.

In recognition of Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, the Literacy Council of Independence County is launching a membership program. Individuals can become members of the Literacy Council by volunteering time or by contributing a $25 (individual) or $35 (family) membership fee. Call 793-5912 for details.

For more information about the Literacy Council of Independence County's services, visit www.literacyindependence.org or call 870-793-5912.
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About ProLiteracy
ProLiteracy, based in Syracuse, NY, champions the power of literacy to improve the lives of adults and their families, communities, and societies. It works with adult new readers and learners and with local and national organizations to help adults gain the reading, writing, math, computer, and English skills they need to be successful. ProLiteracy advocates on behalf of adult learners and the programs that serve them, provides training and professional development, and publishes materials used in adult literacy instruction. ProLiteracy has member programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and works with 83 nongovernmental international agencies. For more information, please go to www.ProLiteracy.org.