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Become Inspired! Learn More About The Literacy Council

Literacy Council of Frederick CountyThe issue of illiteracy is one that affects us all. In Frederick County, 1 in 10 or 17,000 adults are functionally illiterate and cannot read a newspaper or fill out a job application. Since 1963, the Literacy Council has been assisting both American and foreign-born adults in attaining basic reading, writing and English-speaking skills with our free, confidential, one-on-one tutoring services – resulting in lives of greater productivity and communities with a higher quality of life.

Learn about the work of the Literacy Council and how you can make a difference in the lives of fellow residents by watching our new video. We believe you’ll be surprised and moved by what you learn.

Upcoming Tutor Training

The next tutor training workshops are scheduled for September 20 and 27 in Frederick and October 11 and 18 in Hagerstown, from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. each day. Both days are required for certification. No teaching or foreign language experience is required. It is permissible to attend on September 20 and October 18. The training prepares new tutors to teach both basic reading and English as a Second Language. Preregistration is required. To register online, use the Volunteer Registration form. For questions or to register by phone, call 301-600-2066.

Welcome to Our First Executive Director

The Literacy Council of Frederick County welcomes Laurie Fisher as the organization's first Executive Director. The new part-time position is the result of the Council's recent growth and efforts to expand community outreach, recruit more volunteer tutors and meet the county's growing need for literacy services. Since 2011, the number of students reached by the Literacy Council has increased by 68% and the number of volunteer tutors by 56%. "I am impressed by the incredible work that is being accomplished, thanks to many dedicated and experienced community volunteers" said Laurie Fisher. "I am honored to join this organization and help serve the Frederick County community."

"Our selection of Laurie concludes a search that yielded many very qualified candidates. We are delighted to have her join our organization to lead us forward in serving more county residents," said Caroline Gaver, President of the Board of Directors.

Laurie brings a wide range of professional experience to the position having most recently managed national training and education programs for educators, adults and young people at the American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, DC. In that capacity she worked directly with volunteers, community organizations, schools, community colleges and four-year institutions throughout the country, including Frederick and Montgomery Counties.

We all look forward to working with Laurie to increase the impact of the Council in Frederick County. Please stop by to say hello and welcome her to LCFC.

Tutor In-service Sessions Scheduled

Upcoming monthly sessions have been scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, June 25 - POSTPONED - please check back for future date - How to use GED materials and how to apply for and study for U.S. Citizenship.

Please contact the office at 301-600-2066 or for more information and to RSVP if you plan to attend.

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