Friday, June 9, 2017

Online Course for Public Libraries About Adult Literacy

ProLiteracy and the American Library Association have teamed up to produce a free online course for public librarians on how to support adult literacy.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

RAILS and Gale Cengage team up to offer Career Online High School

If you live in a library district who participates in RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System) you can now get your actual high school diploma and a career certificate completely online. Participating libraries may offer "free enrollment to a limited number of qualified adult students within their service areas." The online learning platform is provided by Gale Cengage.

Career Online High School is a legitimate and accredited program that community colleges will have a tough time competing with. You can actually transfer-in credits that you have already completed at your former high school(s).

Monday, May 9, 2016

A permanent home for our study groups

Our Citizenship and GED study groups will remain at the Pav YMCA.

The Y believes in helping others build a better life. As a part of their focus on social responsibility, our goals and activities truly fit there. They also offer childcare, which has been high on our wishlist of support from a host organization.

To celebrate this milestone in the development of our local adult literacy initiative, we included the study groups in the Pav YMCA's annual support campaign video.

While we've been at the Y, we were happy to bring on a new GED tutor and a Pav YMCA member, Loretta Harper, who has experience in homeschooling. As you can see, she's found our GED study group to be a good use of her talents. You'll also see Susan Brownell, who has been with us since the beginning and she continues to flourish as our Citizenship tutor.

Literacy Volunteers of Western Cook County is proud to provide academic support and tutor training to the shared groups. We feel confident that the Y will be a great place to recruit the volunteers we need to be sustainable for years to come.

Friday, January 1, 2016

A year ahead with big changes

This month I will be leaving my Outreach Services role at the Berwyn Public Library for a new role as Marketing & Financial Development Director at the Pav YMCA in Berwyn. I look forward to using the skills I developed in marketing and grant writing at the Berwyn Library in my new role at the YMCA. In terms of career advancement, it's a natural step forward.

For the last 4 months, I have been working in both organizations in order to make a smooth transition. After 6 years with the Library, a long transition period is just the right way to go--most of my personal identity has been with the Library and the programs we created. So from here, I have to begin thinking of myself in a new light.