LITERACY FOR LIFE RECEIVES GRANT FROM WILLIAMSBURG COMMUNITY FOUNDATION'S COMMUNITY ENDOWMENT

Grant awarded to support The Workplace Excellence Series at Literacy for Life

April 19, 2017 WILLIAMSBURG, VA - Literacy for Life's adult learners face many barriers to securing employment at a level sufficient to provide a living wage to support their families. The most obvious barrier is low literacy skills--the inability to read, write, do math, or speak English at the level expected by an employer. In today's competitive workplace, success depends on employees having not only the educational, technical or trade "hard" skills required for the job, but also the essential "soft" skills, including effective communication, dependability, attitude, and overall professionalism.

The Workplace Excellence Services is designed to help learners understand and deliver the essential workplace skills that companies demand today. Learners of the program will gain a better understanding of the employer's perspective, practical skills, and the "bottom line" in essential areas. The Series consists of 10 modules, which cover topics such as verbal and nonverbal communication in the workplace, managing time, the importance of first impressions, understanding company culture, and workplace-specific writing skills. Learners will receive a certificate for completing each module, which can be included on their resumes. The funding received from Williamsburg Community Foundation will allow for the purchase of the Workplace Excellence Skills Training Modules.

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About Literacy for Life: In 1975, the president and faculty members of the College of William & Mary, as well as concerned citizens, recognized the urgent need for an adult literacy program to develop reading and writing skills for College employees. Four years later, it became a United Way agency and opened the program to adult learners in the surrounding community. It is the only organization in the area that provides individualized, one-to-one and small group tutoring for adults in reading, writing and math skills as well as instruction in English for speakers of other languages. In 2016, Literacy for Life served more than 800 adult learners, with the help of around 300 trained volunteers.

For additional information about Williamsburg Community Foundation, please visit www.williamsburgcommunityfoundation.org. For information about Literacy for Life, please visit www.literacyforlife.org or email literacyforlife@wm.edu or call 757-221-3325.

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