According to the National Literacy Act of 1991, literacy is defined as “an individual’s ability to read, write, and speak in English, and compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job and in society, to achieve one’s goals, and develop one’s knowledge and potential.”
In Midland County, 16% of adults 18 years of age and older lack a high school diploma or equivalent (U.S. Census Bureau 2016 American Community Survey). Approximately 7% of adults have limited English language proficiency (TCALL via U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey 2009-11). If we combine the two population totals, more than one in five Midlanders may be in need of our services–that’s almost 27,000 people!
Low literacy is directly related to less earned income, poor health, higher unemployment, greater inequality, and generational illiteracy. When adults have English language and basic education skills or a secondary diploma or equivalent, they are more likely to pass those skills on to the next generation. This encourages a love of learning that can lead to life-long success. For this reason, our goal is to provide quality tutoring services to every adult in our community who wants and needs them.
To learn more about the literacy services we provide, please visit Our Services page.