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Monday, April 13, 2015


Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL) Reports 12% Increase in ESL Learner Enrollment

Rockville, MD – April 13 – A finding in the 2014 MCAEL Databook shows a 12% increase in ESL learner enrollment from Winter/Spring 2013 to the same period in 2014 in Montgomery County. The Databook includes more insights into the learner and program progress.

Since being founding in 2006, MCAEL has annually collected information on programs offering English classes in the County for the MCAEL Provider Directory and from MCAEL grantees. This data is then analyzed to determine the extent to which English programming is available in the County, what progress programs and learners are making, and where the coalition might do things differently. The data is used to create the MCAEL Databook, which is in its second year of publication.

For 2014, the data reports an increase in learners in the classes, and is reflective of an upward trend in the need for and benefits of adult education programs. “This Databook is a way for us to communicate the ongoing work of adult English Literacy in Montgomery County,” says MCAEL’s Executive Director, Kathy Stevens. “We believe in a multilingual county and are working to ensure the availability of quality ESOL programming for Montgomery County residents.”

According to the U.S. Census 1 in 7 residents is considered limited in their English proficiency skills. With current demographic shifts, the demand for adult literacy classes and programs continues to grow in Rockville, Gaithersburg, Silver Spring, and Germantown.

The Databook can be downloaded from the MCAEL website at http://mcael.org/facts-and-data.

"With such a diverse population as there is in Montgomery County, it would be a sound investment for the future to have that population well educated."
Jose Gonzalez
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