We believe in lifelong learning as a path towards opportunity and fulfillment. As individuals increase their literacy and basic skills they are able to secure better jobs, manage their personal lives, advocate for themselves, enhance their parenting skills, and contribute more to their community. In short, they improve the quality of their lives and communities.
In 2014 Literacyworks provided approximately 5000 hours of training to adult educators. In 2015 we plan to expand our reach via the Literacyworks Center.
Literacyworks is dedicated to improving the quality of teaching in adult education and creating second chances for individuals who lack the fundamental skills to get by.
And the need is great, because:
18% of working-age adults in California lack a high school diploma or its equivalent.
This is the second highest rate
in the nation. Source
By 2018 almost 2/3 of jobs in 2018 will require more than a high school diploma
although not necessarily a four-year degree. Source [PDF]
Compared to adults in other developed nations, Americans lag in literacy, math and problem solving skills.
Among 24 nations the U.S. is:
16th in literacy
21st in numeracy
17th in problem solving
These are skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength. Source [PDF]