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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

MCAEL Announces $650,000 in Grants to Support Adult English Literacy

June 11, 2013
Kathryn E. Stevens, Executive Director
Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy
MCAEL Announces $650,000 in Grants to Support Adult English Literacy in Montgomery County
ROCKVILLE, MD – The Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy announces the award of $650,000 in grants to support adult English literacy programs across Montgomery County.  Funding for the grants is provided in partnership with the Montgomery County Government, thanks to the generous support of County Executive Leggett and the Montgomery County Council. MCAEL thanks the Montgomery County Government for their continued support in literacy.
The objective of MCAEL’s grants program is to increase the availability of adult English literacy services offered to diverse populations, and to improve the quality of those services. Community based organizations funded through the grants have served over 3,000 English language learners on average each year since the grant program began in 2006.  When talking about the program, Joshua N. Jeffries, MCAEL Board Chair, stated “Through the MCAEL grants program, Montgomery County literacy programs that provide adult English language classes receive vital support, which enables adult learners in our community to access high quality English classes. Our provider network is strengthened by the diversity of programs offered and creates a system of literacy education in Montgomery County which is unique in our state. Literacy is a key factor in one’s own personal success and for the success of our community.”  Nevertheless, thousands of adults remain on waiting lists. For FY2014, grants were made available to support Adult English Literacy Programs in Montgomery County and Micro Literacy Access Grants will support a class or conversation club in order to: (1) access and leverage new partnerships and new resources; (2) create access to English classes for underserved populations; and (3) develop access points to link individuals to the larger ESOL system that exists in the County.
Grants provided for the fiscal year 2014 are detailed in the “Overview of MCAEL Grants Awards and Process” available on the MCAEL website at http://www.mcael.org/home. Highlights include:
A workforce English program helping job-seekers develop the English skills that will enable them to look for and apply for jobs;
Programs helping senior immigrants (over age 60) learn “Daily Living English”;
English classes for low-income parents that help them participate more actively in their children’s education as well as become more self-sufficient;
Programs providing English classes to the expanding immigrant population Up County;
In addition to funding, MCAEL works to expand capacity by providing training, technical assistance and other support to more than 70 grantee and non-grantee provider programs offering adult English literacy classes throughout Montgomery County. MCAEL also helps improve access and coordination through publication of the MCAEL Provider Directory of English Services, the Montgomery County’s only comprehensive listing English and literacy programs, available in print and on MCAEL’s website at http://www.mcael.org/directory.
A community coalition of more than 70 businesses, nonprofit and public partners, MCAEL works to expand opportunities for high-quality English language and literacy instruction in Montgomery County, so that adults can gain the skills needed to achieve self-sufficiency, and reach their full potential as parents, workers and citizens. MCAEL’s mission is to strengthen the county-wide adult English literacy network with resources, training, collaborations and advocacy to support a thriving community and an optimal workforce.
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