Two new learning centers will make it easier for adults living in Monroeville or Waynedale to obtain their high school equivalency, Literacy Alliance leaders say.
The two new locations bring the number of learning centers to six – including four Fort Wayne sites, one new Haven site and the new Monroeville location.
The Literacy Alliance has long been looking for the opportunity to expand its reach into areas that need access, Executive Director Judith Stabelli said.
With the help of some funding from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the Literacy Alliance began bringing its wish-list to fruition.
The organization opened the Monroeville location on Nov. 12 at Cornerstone Youth Center and welcomed a class at Harvest Church in Waynedale on Jan. 8.
“We had always known that Waynedale was an area that had some need, but it’s already kind of grown beyond our expectations,” Stabelli said.
The Monroeville site currently has six adults attending classes, while Waynedale’s location has welcomed 11 students.
Sites at New Haven United Methodist Church and St. Hyacinth Community Center each have 22 students enrolled, while the Anchor Community Church site has 13 and the Fellowship Missionary Church location has 12 students.
Free child care is also available at the New Haven and Holten Avenue locations.
“We’re looking at overcoming the obstacles. We’re in neighborhoods and we’re going into areas in the county where there is a need,” Stabelli said.
For a complete list of Literacy Alliance programs and locations or for additional information about learning centers, go online to www.fwliteracyalliance.org or call 260-426-7323.
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