Greater Wilmington Business Journal – Insights: One-On-One Education Makes A Difference

One-On-One Education Makes A Difference

Sponsored Content provided by Yasmin Tomkinson – Executive Director, Cape Fear Literacy Council

Posted June 15, 2017

This Insights article was contributed by Nancy Woolley, Adult Literacy Program Director for Cape Fear Literacy Council.

I want to be the first person in my family to get a diploma. I have a two-year-old daughter. I need to be able to support her and help her with school. She has to see that getting an education is worth something.

Adults come to Cape Fear Literacy Council for a variety of reasons. Many, like the student quoted above, desire to break a generations-long cycle of low literacy and improve the lives of their children. A few have never attended school and are starting with the alphabet. Others have diplomas and just need to brush up on math or writing in order to get into college or obtain professional certifications.  Many of our students are working toward their GEDs or diplomas.

Currently, students in our Adult Literacy program are between 18 and 86 years old, and each has his or her own learning goals.

The core of our Adult Literacy program is one-on-one tutoring. The individual approach offers flexibility in scheduling and ensures that adult learners receive a personalized strategy of instruction that is geared to their specific needs, goals and learning styles. We use research-based skill books tailored to the appropriate level for each learner. But at Cape Fear Literacy Council (CFLC), our dedicated volunteer tutors go above and beyond skill books and curricula to help their students become more productive members of the community. They help students improve employment skills, learn to vote, get driver’s licenses and work on financial literacy.

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