Our Programs

Adult Literacy (Adult Basic Education) initial 12-week Program

Our introductory (beginner) literacy program builds off the fundamental work of Dr. Frank Charles Laubach. His teaching methods have taught millions of people to read. Our learning programs are heavily saturated with his brilliant teaching methods and concepts.

By utilizing his step-by-step structured learning curriculum, we ensure adult students will gain the literacy competencies necessary to navigate their everyday lives. To do so, we begin with a core phonics curriculum and then gradually saturate the student’s learning with an essential reading comprehension curriculum. Next, we introduce more variegated problem-solving techniques to build reasoning and critical thinking skills.

Overall, our basic literacy program is structured to engage the adult learner, beginning with the English alphabet to achieving satisfactory reading comprehension skills.

Read more about Dr. Frank Charles Laubach.

ESL/ESOL (specific classes designed for adult ELL) 24 to 36-week program

Our literacy curriculum workbooks and our practical real-life application study guides are specifically designed to accommodate ESL (English as a Second Language) and ESOL (English as a Second Other Language) learners. Our ESL classes for adults are ideal for the English Language Learner (ELL) who needs help with the acquisition and proficiency of the English language. Our ESL curriculum, combined with a structured format, is presented within an environment that stimulates and engages the ELL student through a practical approach. As we utilize this technique, the student learns the core of the English language while implementing the life application skills needed to comprehend the English language nuances.

GED Preparation 4 to 12-week program

Our GED program prepares students for their high school equivalency credential, officially called the State of Alabama High School Equivalency Diploma. Each of our class locations provides study materials, test-taking strategies, and practice tests. Once an adult student is successful in passing the GED prep program, then they may advance with taking the GED exam. Our GED prep programs are set in a 4 to 12-week module. At the conclusion of this module, an evaluation is determined for the student’s next steps. This may include additional prep study or GED examination. An evaluation is conducted each week to give the student relevant guidance on their learning journey.

We rely on donations from the community and local businesses to help us provide the necessary curriculum books, supplies, and learning materials.   Donations from our generous donors provide the necessary funding needed for an adult to take the GED exam. We would encourage you to use this link to sign up and become a monthly gift subscriber today (Become a Monthly Gift Subscriber). If you own a business and would like to help, you may use this link to sign up today (Local Business Literacy Supporter).

Family Literacy

Our family literacy classes are designed for parents who want to integrate their children into the learning process. The parent and child will engage in an interactive literacy curriculum appropriate for the child’s respective grade level. Adhering to the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, our program follows the position that: (1) a parent is the child’s first teacher and role model, and (2) the term “parent” refers to anyone fulfilling the responsibilities usually associated with the parenting of a child or children over a sustained period.

Additional Classes Available: 

Introduction to Computer & Digital Literacy (Basic Instruction) 4-week program 

This course will take the novice learner on an introductory journey into the world of navigating the use of basic computer functions. You will gain and develop safe online browsing habits while exploring the vast number of benefits that are associated with understanding computers. Of importance in this course, you will gain first-hand knowledge that will place you in the driver’s seat of the vast world of technology.

Introduction to Financial Literacy 6-week program

Our Introduction to Financial Literacy class is available for adults aged twenty-one and older. We will cover the basics of understanding and controlling your money. You will also be presented with practical principles for each lesson found in the workbook and acquire strategies to better manage your money in your daily life. You will also learn to track your income and expenses, make smart money decisions, and understand techniques to reach your goals.

Employee/Employer Literacy Workshops

This program is designed for business owners, companies, or organizations who may have a current employee, staff, or team member who requires literacy assistance to excel further in their employment and career. Our workplace literacy program will coordinate with your company and then determine the best time to set up our literacy services within the confines of your company’s facility. This program will prove especially impactful for businesses that may have employees who need specific academic help as it relates to improving and enhancing their comprehension, numeracy, and digital literacy skills.

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We offer virtual and in-person class sessions. To register for one of our programs, please complete our Student Sign-up form.

Our class sessions and learning materials are at no charge to an adult student enrolled in our learning program!

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