Imagine going through life without being able to read a bedtime story to your child or to read the morning newspaper to find out what’s happening in the world.
Imagine visiting a hospital and not knowing where the emergency room is located or your doctor’s office, waiting room or labs. Or not understanding when to be quiet, speak, move to the front of a line, take a number, sign up or walk in the crosswalk.
Imagine not being able to understand your doctor’s orders. Or looking at your prescription bottle and not knowing how many pills to take, what time to take them, what side effects they may have or if you should drive machinery while taking them.
Imagine trying to order a meal in a restaurant.
This is what life is like for over 10% or 7,000 + adults in Moore County who are not functionally literate. These people are your neighbors, your employees, your friends at church – they could be any person you meet.
Functional illiteracy is our problem. Yours and mine. It can only be reduced if we are committed to providing accessible, adult-based literacy training for parents and employees who want to improve their lives – and their families and communities – by improving their literacy skills.
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Did you know?
In 2018-2019 65% of students who worked with a tutor 12 hours or more progressed academically.
We teach basic life & literacy skills to Moore adults.
What We Offer Our Students
One of our student/tutor pairs at the RMC.
The majority of MCLC adult students enter at third-grade level or less. In our one-to-one tutoring program, we teach basic life and literacy skills to adults, 18 and over. Students are given a placement test, log 6 hours of independent computer learning time, then are matched with a ProLiteracy trained volunteer tutor. Pairs meet once a week for a minimum of 1.5 hours of instructional time. Progress is evaluated and monitored by the tutor and staff. A variety of instructional techniques may be used based on students learning strengths.
We offer a variety of free programs that serve low-literacy adults 18 and older in the areas of:
- Literacy – Adult Basic Education (ABE) and
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
- Life Skills – including a conversation group for students
- GED preparation
- Career readiness
- Computer skills
Click below to watch an MCLC student talk about how important it has been for him to improve his literacy skills. (Videographer Hannah Sharpe won first prize in the North Carolina Press Association’s annual competition for this video. We appreciate The Pilot’s and Ms. Sharpe’s permission to use the video.)
Click below to watch an MCLC student and her tutor as they describe the difference that literacy training has made in her life. (Thanks to The Pilot and Hannah Sharpe for permission to use this video.)