Cape Fear Literacy expands to help adults prepare for employment
By Allison Barrett Carter StarNews Correspondent, Posted Feb 12, 2017 at 10:00 AM
The Cape Fear Literacy Council (CFLC) may not be able to read the future, but they know that with the new services they have launched, it looks exciting.
Since 1970, CFLC has been helping adults improve their reading skills. They currently help around 500 adults a year with a variety of services, concentrating on adult literacy and English as a Second Language.
According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy and U.S. Census Data, in New Hanover County alone there are more than 61,000 adults whose skills are not good enough to do all they need to do for themselves, their families, their jobs, or the community. CFLC’s mission has always been to create a community where all adults have the literacy skills they need to succeed.
But another part of its mission is to provide personalized education so adults can transform their lives and contribute to a stronger community. Recent changes at CFLC will help them meet this objective in a real way.
A federal grant that was a source of funding for CFLC changed its focus recently. CFLC realized the new parameters meant they — and other literacy councils across the region — wouldn’t be renewed. So they reassessed. They thought about the local economy their students find themselves in; they considered where the focus for their organization has been moving.
In response, CFLC launched new programs to bolster workforce preparedness for adults.