Warm greetings and Happy Holidays from the Literacyworks Staff!
What a year it’s been. In the spirit of the season, we decided to have our own Literacyworks “Top Ten List” (in no particular order) of all the great things that happened in 2015 and all the things for which we're grateful. Here we go:
#10. LINCS Region 4 Regional Professional Development Center: We had another successful year meeting and exceeding our goals for our US Department of Education LINCS Region 4 Regional Professional Development Center. We conducted over 30 Adult Education Professional Development trainings in our region of 14 states with 874 adult educators participating for a total of 6,366 hours of training.
#9. The Literacyworks Center: The Center had its Grand Opening during the 2015 Fall semester at the SRJC Petaluma Campus. We established the Adult Literacy Award (thank you anonymous family foundation) through the Santa Rosa Junior College Foundation and worked with Rachael Cutcher, SRJC Manager of Scholarship Programs, to grant 161 awards to students in need. Thank you for all your great work Rachael!
#8. Peter Coyote: The actor, author, director, screenwriter and narrator, became an honorary board member and offered to participate in a fundraiser for us in 2016.
#7. Literacyworks Board: We sincerely appreciate the support and wisdom of our Literacyworks Board: Elizabeth Howland, President, Eric Backman, Secretary, William Soper, Treasurer, Jeff Asher, Amy Critchett, and Gloria Cruz McCallister
#6. Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey: Lynn is our Literacyworks Center founder/partner and Honorary Board Chairperson. She continues to be our biggest supporter.
#5. Founding Friends of the Center and program partners: Many people and organizations are helping to make the Literacyworks Center successful including the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, SRJC, Center Point, North Bay Children’s Center, West Marin Community Services (Pt. Reyes Station), Volunteer Center of Sonoma County and our Center donors, both individuals and organizations, including Redwood Credit Union, Codding Foundation, Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, Marin Community Foundation, and Schwab Charitable Giving.
#4. SRJC Petaluma Campus: The staff and administration have been very supportive of the Center with particular thanks to Jane Saldana-Talley, Vice President, Petaluma Campus, whose assistance was and is invaluable, Matthew Long, Dean of Student Services and Catherine Williams, Dean of Instruction and Enrollment Management.
#3. Our Center participants: Forty-two adult students have enrolled to date and many more are scheduled to sign-on in the Spring Semester. Also, high-fives to our volunteer tutors who will start helping our students succeed with one-to-one tutoring in 2016.
#2. Literacyworks staff: Thanks to our talented staff: Chris Schultz, Kelin Backman, Marty Ferrini, Lisa Thompson, Rita Sorpranith, Elana Yonah, and Kristin Ockert.
#1. You: We are mostly grateful for all the Literacyworks supporters, both anonymous and public, and particularly you!
Many hands have helped us fulfill this important dream of making basic skill education accessible to all North Bay residents. Numerous barriers to education exist for adults, including the costs of tuition, school supplies, and computers, the expense of childcare and transportation, and a lack of fluency in English and basic math skills. We believe that we all benefit from an educated society, and we hope to ease those barriers to education at The Center.
Literacyworks is helping underprivileged and underrepresented adults secure better jobs, become better parents, and contribute more to their community. Thanks for all your support this year and next.
Help Change The Lives Of Veterans with Literacyworks and Center Point
The purpose of The Literacyworks Center is to assist underserved, below-basic-skills students in solving the many educational, personal and logistical challenges they must face to stay in school and succeed in work. The Center will provide advising support and need-based Adult Literacy Awards to our Veterans that will help them break their persistence barriers such as transportation, childcare and tuition. This will help to ensure our Veterans complete their educational and career goals.