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Support adult literacy education by supporting the Literacy Assistance Center

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The Literacy Assistance Center (LAC) is a chief contributor to the professional, educational development of adult literacy practitioners throughout New York. It has continued its efforts this past year to “work with educators from more than 300 programs statewide that serve over 120,000 adult students.”

The LAC has been advocating adult literacy as a core value in society since 1983. Executive Director Ira Yankwitt explains LAC’s vision this way:

We envision a future in which every immigrant, every parent, and every adult has the full range of knowledge and skills they need to secure employment, achieve economic security, access quality health care, support their children in their schooling, and actively participate in the civic life of their communities.”

The LAC extends its reach to new organizations and constituencies to help create a better, more literate tomorrow for approximately 2.5 million adults in need.

To address the Common Core State Standards in adult education and the new high school equivalency test beginning in 2014, the LAC employed expert staff in adult reading, writing, and math instruction. The LAC plans to “devote considerable resources in 2014 to help adult students, educators, and program staff navigate the transition to higher standards and a more demanding test.”

You can help the LAC actualize its vision and support adult education with an online donation.

You can also find out more about the LAC Academy’s offerings of professional development certificate programs and workshops for adult education administrators, program staff, and practitioners by visiting



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