One out of every four Alabamians do not know how to read, which makes simple tasks such as balancing a checkbook or filling out a job application seem impossible.
The Adult Education Department at Wallace Community College is doing its part to help fight illiteracy. Crrently, the college has 44 volunteer tutors that help others learn to read. However, with seven potential students on their waiting list, the organziation needs more help.
Wallace College is offering free training for reading tutors May 9th-11th, with sessions lasting only 3 to 4 hours.To be a tutor, you must know how to read and you must be a high school graduate. Once training is completed, tutors will be assigned a student within a few days and meet with them at a neutral location once a week.
Tutors say when their students learn to read, they feel empowered because it boosts their self esteem and it helps them get better jobs. According to Pam Meredeth, being able to read changes lives and opens doors to endless possibilities.
Anyone interested in becoming a reading tutor can contact the Wallace Community College Center for Economic and Workforce Development at 556-2373.