They are ready to make a difference- Literacy tutors earn ‘diplomas’

Published in the Sullivan County Democrat on January 17, 2012

By Eli Goldfarb

MONTICELLO, NY (January 17, 2012)- Late last year, the Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County held a training class for those who want to help tutor illiterate adults. The culmination was a graduation party for the 12 people taking the course.  It was held at the Literacy Center Bookstore in Monticello.

These dozen tutors have all been paired up with an adult student in need of aid, and will help each person learn the literacy skills needed to live-at no cost.

“These people have a chance to change a person’s life in such a drastic way,” said Literacy Volunteers President Connie Keller, one of the instructors for the course.

“Without the dedication of our tutors we wouldn’t have a program.  These are people who want to help people and give them the gift of literacy.”

At the same time as these tutors were learning to teach others, another group was also receiving a different kind of training. This one was put on by PathStone, an organization funded by US Department of Labor which helps elders learn work skills.  They take low income, unemployed seniors and give them part time jobs, while also giving them job training to help them work on their own.

Both the tutors and a group of ten seniors were recognized the same night.  The latter received certificates of job readiness, showing that they have completed all the training they need to be successful in the job market. 

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