Read Muskegon’s Holiday Village was a huge success. This year’s event was held at Covenant Community Church. Over 100 of our neighbors participated in 10 village stations that were designed to help build early literacy skills. Santa made sure each child got a stack of books to bring home along with the ornaments and cookies they decorated. Thanks to our friends at Read Early Read Often for donating the beautiful books!
While Read Muskegon has been running programs from our new space at 26 E. Boradway since June, 2017, we marked the official opening of our new Family Literacy Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony in October. Muskegon Heights Mayor, Kim Sims, and MAISD Superintendent, John Severson, spoke about the importance of our partnerships before the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce helped officiate the ribbon cutting. We were thrilled to have so many members of our community join in our celebration.
Over the past 3 years, Read Muskegon has developed programs tailored to lower literacy adults that are focused on preparing them for entry-level jobs or apprenticeship positions in the Muskegon County workforce, increasing the number of residents who are qualified for these positions. Through a grant from the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act, Read Muskegon is now able to expand this program and also include specialized classes for English Language Learners (ELL).
Classes focus on building literacy skills specific to: completing job applications & resumes; workplace safety; filling out health care enrollment forms; writing on the job; financial literacy; understanding workplace instructions; and topics specific to the learner’s individual goals or areas of interest. The ELL class also includes curriculum focused on family literacy so that parents who are new to the English language also understand how to support their children’s academic readiness and success. Besides improving their literacy, all participants learn important skills such as following directions, verbal communication, and how to provide positive feedback.
Classes meet twice per week with a rolling admission. Participants receive certificates for every 40 hours of class completed, with the option to expand their learning time at our Family Literacy Center with 1-1 tutoring or specially designed software.
For more informaiton, contact Sarah Klassen, Program Director. 231-766-5040 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on enrollment in these classes, call 231-747-7273. Classes start September 19th. Sign Up Today!