Mid-State Literacy Council
Serving Adult Basic Literacy and English Language Acquisition Students in Centre and Clearfield Counties
11% of Centre County’s population is functionally illiterate (think the upper deck of Beaver Stadium). In Clearfield County, it’s 14%.
72% of children are at risk of having low reading skills because their parents are illiterate.
Mid-State Literacy Council helps 250 students each year, two-thirds of whom are women.
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Mid-State Literacy Council launches program to help ‘grandfamilies’ gain computer skills
For grandparents, raising grandchildren can come with added stress, but the Mid-State Literacy Council is attempting to ease the burden placed on “grandfamilies” by teaching computer literacy skills in a first-time program.
MSLC Executive Director Amy Wilson saw a gap that needed to be filled after seeing a rise in the number of Centre County grandfamilies — grandparents raising the children of their drug addicted offspring. With help from funds awarded by the Downtown State College Rotary Club, MSLC was able to purchase equipment to use in the program, which is set to launch next month.
“Everything has gone online — access to health care and almost all access to school information,” Wilson said. “Realizing how many people didn’t have computer skills or digital literacy skills, I wondered what was happening with the children.”
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Jane Marie Foundation and the Mid-State Literacy Council present… “What if…“
A night of fun and inspiration with Author and Illustrator Michelle Nelson-Schmidt.
When: Tuesday February 18th at 5:30pm
Where: Grace Lutheran Church, 205 South Garner Street, State College
- Story Time
- Kids Activities
- Live Entertainment
- Book Signing
- And More!
Taiwan native Li-Chuan (Jenny) Chen moved to State College in 2015 with her husband who, upon his retirement after a long career in Taiwan, wanted to return to Happy Valley where he had earned a Penn State degree. For Jenny, a non-English speaker, it was a radical change. She started by signing up for beginner classes at Mid-State, which gave her practical language for talking with her doctor, going to the bank, and going shopping. She set a goal to earn her driver’s license, which she successfully achieved in May! This fall, Jenny began preparing for the U.S. Citizenship exam. While moving across the world has been a big transition, Mid-State gave Jenny a place where she feels comfortable and supported by friendly people.
Congratulations to Mid-State student Kulwinder Singh, who passed the U.S. Citizenship test in May! He was helped by Mid-State tutors with an intensive review in the final weeks leading up to his test. Kulwinder also recently earned a degree in web programming from South Hills Business School. Over the past months, Kulwinder practiced his English and interviewing skills in pursuit of his long-term career goals.
The tutoring gave him greater confidence in understanding and speaking English, as well as understanding the norms and customs of job interviewing in U.S. culture.
Spending just an hour or two per week to help strengthen someone’s literacy skills is a simple act that makes a profound difference in another’s life. We rely on nearly 200 volunteers to help us provide English as a Second Language and basic literacy instruction to more than 250 adults in Centre and Clearfield counties every year.
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Do you know someone who is struggling to survive in our community without proficient literacy skills? Do you know someone whose life would improve if they better understood the English language?
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Who We Are
Mid-State Literacy Council is a nonprofit organization created in 1971 to bring literacy in all forms to adults in Centre and Clearfield counties. From English as a Second Language students who’ve immigrated to the U.S., to those who grew up here and emerged from our region’s school systems with only rudimentary reading skills, Mid-State’s volunteer tutors have educated and empowered thousands of area adults in its nearly 50-year history.
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TOEFL Prep Program
Are you preparing for the next step in your academic and professional goals? If you plan to take the TOEFL test, enroll in our TOEFL Prep Program.
The program includes a core prep class (offered twice a week), labs (Writing, Speaking, Listening, Reading), tutoring (twice a week), and up to three additional general classes. The all-inclusive fee for the semester is $395 per student. To register or get more information, contact us today at 814-238-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org!
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Mid-State Literacy Council depends on the support of our community.
Mid-State hosts a handful of special events each year that give the community a chance to celebrate literacy and support our efforts to help the adults in this area who want to realize their literacy goals.