Literacy

Vision Summary
The adult literacy system in Burlington County will function in a manner that contributes toward improving quality of life gained from the delivery of life-long learning based services for helping individuals to achieve their goals, develop their knowledge and potential as workers, parents, family members, community members and members of society.

Through this vision, the Work Investment Board (WIB) developed a literacy committee, whose goal is to form collaborative relationships with local literacy providers and employers to promote the importance of life-long learning for all customers, as well as develop the necessary strategies to combat literacy problems in Burlington County.

The broad purpose of the literacy committee is to enhance the literacy skills of the existing and future workforce so that they meet or exceed the skills needed by the business community. A strong, literate, adaptable workforce that meets the needs of business is critical in sustaining economic growth within the county.

Through the Burlington County One-Stop Career Center and Adult Basic Education (ABE) Consortium partners, those who seek to improve basic literacy skills and education credentials to enhance their employ ability and those who want to fulfill a variety of other personal goals, e.g. learning for self-fulfillment, citizenship and achieving family literacy are directed to the appropriate literacy program.

Committee Functions:
  • Continue fund raising and awareness activities of available services.
  • Develop a strategic and comprehensive plan to eliminate illiteracy as a major barrier to education and employment.
  • Identify state administration literacy grants given out locally and get information from local groups who have received grants about their objectives and implementation plans.
  • Market availability of literacy programs and services to potential customers.
  • Update information about all the literacy programs and services currently offered in Burlington County.