The mission of the Adult Reading Center is to transform lives through education. We provide a nurturing environment that improves reading, writing and basic communication skills in order to help equip:
Parents with the language skills needed to empower their children; and
All adults with the language skills needed to succeed in the workplace.
We do this by providing classroom instruction, individual tutoring, and computer-based training. We partner with community organizations that provide opportunities to transition into career training.
Our vision is to achieve 100% literacy through 100% community engagement.
From a launch in 1987 with 3 learner/tutor pairs, the Adult Reading Center has achieved steady, managed growth over the last 25 years to 4 full-time and 5 part-time staff, 11 part-time instructors, and over 200 volunteers assisting adult learners each year.
In 1998, with broad community support, the main building was purchased giving the Center a permanent location. In 2002, an in-kind gift of a modular building was received increasing capacity for additional on-site classroom instruction. Through diligent fundraising efforts, the mortgage was paid in full in March 2007.
In February 2006, the Center was awarded ProLiteracy America Accreditation which acknowledges literacy organizations that are distinguished by superior professional leadership, effective programs, committed governing boards, and outstanding volunteer support.
For Fiscal Year 2011-12, Region 4 Adult Education Consortium of which the Adult Reading Center is a member received a Platinum Award from Texas LEARNS for meeting and/or exceeding all of our federal and state targets for learner progress.