To ensure that adult education is available to all who seek it.
Become the premier Colorado organization that strengthens individuals and communities by increasing access to and quality of adult education programs. We do this through volunteer training, professional development, and connecting learners and providers. Our work enables learners to improve their life opportunities; businesses to hire literate employees; and individuals, families, and communities to thrive.
WHAT WE DO
- Offer professional development for Adult Education teachers.
- Provide training for volunteers.
- Connect adult learners with classes.
- Connect volunteers with provider programs.
- Network adult education providers and advocates.
- Connect adult education programs with collaborators across the state.
WHY WE DO IT
Benefits of Literacy
The Problem Statement: In Colorado today, there are over 585,000 people aged 16+ with no high school diploma. That number will most likely grow dramatically as the high school drop out rate in the state is 32% and a dismal and discouraging 54% in the city of Denver. Among foreign-born residents in Colorado, 47% speak English “less than very well” (2015). The statistics on our poorly educated population demonstrate we are creating a semi-literate workforce. Everyone responsible for improving productivity among their workforce is faced with the problem of training people who have difficulty reading, writing, understanding instructions, and interacting in English with customers and co-workers.
The Solution: Long term we must identify the key issues to reducing these high drop out rates. We all have a vested interest in education that produces graduates that become productive citizens. Improving the quality and productivity of workers doesn’t need to wait for the high school graduation rate to improve. Organizations are implementing educational training programs to boost workforce productivity and getting significant results on their training investment. Sara Lee Coffee and Tea Consumer Brands reports absenteeism dropped from 6.75% to 2.1% and productivity increased from 89% to 99%. Marriott, Barber foods, CVS, Disney Florida and VDOT all have experienced positive results from GED and other educational programs. The Literacy Coalition of Colorado serves as a link between the adults who need these educational services and the providers who offer them.
Support us in this important work. DONATE to the Literacy Coalition of Colorado.