CALUMET CITY, Ill. – State Rep. Thaddeus Jones, D-Calumet City, is promoting new funding awarded to South Suburban College organizations to bolster adult literacy education and provide critical skills to local workers searching for good-paying employment opportunities.
“I am very glad to see our community is receiving some much-needed funding to bolster education programs, especially where reading comprehension is concerned,” Jones said. “Learning these skills is critical to creating new economic opportunities and building a better life. People who have not mastered reading competencies face enormous challenges in their day-to-day life. The only way around those obstacles is robust education.”
Jones is promoting almost $100,000 in new adult literacy grants targeting institutions in his community, specifically South Suburban College programs. These programs include Carl Buddig’s Meaningful Education and Training program, South Suburban College Adult Volunteer Literacy training, “The Sky’s the Limit” English as a Second Language and Adult Basic Education program and Get Sterling Employee Training. Projects like these are targeted at adults who read below the 9th-grade level or who are new to speaking and reading English.
“Funding education programs is more than helping people who could use a hand now, it is investing in a stronger financial future for everyone,” Jones said. “Members of our community without reading skills often aren’t able to work sustainable, well-paying jobs, and are forced to support themselves on entitlement programs. With education programs like what South Suburban College is offering, they will be able to build the skills necessary to take advantage of competitive employment opportunities and earn a good living.”
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