Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Services, a nonprofit adult literacy and workforce development agency, is honored to welcome Senator Lena Taylor to its Silver Spring Center location (5566 North 69th Street) on Wednesday, Sept. 19th in celebration of National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week. Literacy Week is an opportunity to highlight educational services for adult learners, as well as educate the general public and policymakers on the nation’s illiteracy epidemic. Sadly, the nationwide adult illiteracy crisis extends to Milwaukee, where one of five adults is considered functionally illiterate.
Senator Taylor was elected to the Wisconsin Assembly in 2003, and now represents the 4th Senate District, where she continues to work on behalf of her constituency advocating for justice issues, including quality education. During her visit, scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Senator Taylor will tour Milwaukee Achiever’s Silver Spring Center, listen to learner and volunteer tutor testimonials, pose for pictures, and participate in an open forum discussion on adult education concerns.
For nearly 30 years, Milwaukee Achiever has been a force of change in the Milwaukee area, providing education, life skills training and workforce development instruction to educationally and economically disadvantaged adult learners. During the fiscal year 2011-2012, Milwaukee Achiever provided services to over 1,200 individuals at its four learning centers. Adult learners received 34,380 hours of instruction in the following areas: Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Education Development (GED), High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED), English as a Second Language (ESL), English Language Learning (ELL), Computer Literacy, Citizenship Preparation, Mount Mary College in the Community College Preparatory program, and Workforce Literacy (including the Bilingual Medical Interpreter (BMI), JobLink, and Accelerated GED/ Workplace Readiness trainings).
Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Services, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, is an adult literacy program founded in 1983 by Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch University, and Mount Mary College, which are sponsored by the School Sisters of St. Francis, the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, and the School Sisters of Notre Dame, respectively. Milwaukee Achiever is the only adult literacy organization in the Greater Milwaukee Area accredited by ProLiteracy, a nonprofit educational organization that evaluates and supports literacy organizations across the country and around the world.