Lao Family English Education Programs laid the foundation of success for a newly arrived mother and son who spoke no English 15 years ago. Today we are able to support and witness their efforts to achieve their American dreams.
The Saint Paul Community Literacy Consortium empowers the community by building literacy in a collaborative, inclusive, comprehensive manner. Enhanced literacy and improved basic skills support a high quality of life by providing preparation for meaningful employment and higher education, fostering better K12 outcomes and stronger families, and supporting economic development. SPCLC contributes significantly to workforce development by partnering statewide with DEED, the Ramsey County WIB, and other organizations.
SPCLC received the 2014 PEGASUS Award this August at the Summer Institute in St. Cloud. This is granted bi-annually to an ABE program or consortium by the State of Minnesota (MDE-ABE) and Literacy Action Network, Minnesota's professional organization. It recognizes superior program quality and excellent adult student achievement. Here is a summary of SPCLC accomplishments cited by the review committee.
SPCLC serves as a statewide resource for effective ABE programming, as a public policy resource at all levels, and as a national model for effective public/private collaboration to meet literacy needs.
SPCLC Member Agencies
Comunidades Latinos Unidas en Servicio- CLUES (797 East 7th Street St. Paul, MN 55106)
Guadalupe Alternative Programs - GAP (381 East Robie Street, St. Paul, MN 55107)
Hmong American Partnership – HAP (Education and Training Department, 394 University Avenue West, St. Paul, MN 55103)
Hmong Cultural Center of Minnesota (995 University Avenue West, Suite 214, St. Paul, MN 55104)
International Institute of Minnesota (1694 Como Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55108)
Lao Family Community of Minnesota (320 West University Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55103)
Minnesota Literacy Council – MLC (700 Raymond Avenue, Suite 180, St. Paul, MN 55114)
MORE (96 East Wheelock Parkway, SP, MN 55117)
Neighborhood House (179 Robie Street East, St. Paul, MN 55107)
Saint Paul Public Schools ABE (Ronald M. Hubbs Center, 1030 University Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104)
Vietnamese Social Services of Minnesota (277 University Avenue West, St. Paul, MN 55104)
Jewish Community Center – JCC (1375 St. Paul Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55116-2798)
St. Paul Public Library (Rondo Community Outreach Library, 461 North Dale Street, SP, MN 55103)
Lifetrack Resources (709 University Ave. West, St. Paul, MN 55104)
Current SPCLC Initiatives
SPCLC is a primary convener of the Northstar Digital Literacy Project.
Individuals can assess their ability to perform basic tasks on computers and online through online, self-guided modules.
Adult learners participating in SPCLC distance learning combined with face-to-face classes last year had outcomes 55% higher than those who participated only in classroom work!
In 2013, SPCLC delivered 47,931 hours of distance learning (a 327% increase over four years) to 1,947 adult learners (a 437% increase over four years). SPCLC also supports St. Paul Public Schools ABE in the statewide Distance Learning Supplemental Services Project.
FactTRAC provides integrated career pathways for low-skilled and/or low-wage adults. SPCLC participates in several FastTRAC programs, including Medical Careers, Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Office, and Child Care.
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