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Dominican Literacy Center Makes a Difference in Lives of Adult Learners
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Detroit – Through their own hard work, the dedication of their tutors, and the encouraging atmosphere at Dominican Literacy Center (DLC), numerous adult learners have changed their lives over the years.

Sister Janice Brown, OP, director, noted that many of the learners’ achievements are measurable: receiving their GED or their high school diploma, voting for the first time, advancing in the curriculum, and improving their ratings in standardized testing. But she also pointed to less measurable achievements. 

“Parents become more involved in their children’s education when they themselves feel more confident in their own skills,” she said. “The door to further training, education, and employment are opened. This makes a difference for adult learners, their children, and ultimately our community.”

The stories of two learners serve as examples of the ways adult learners achieve at Dominican Literacy Center. These profiles – written by Georgia Graham – are taken from the DLC’s Winter 2016 newsletter.

Michelle Robertson came to Dominican less than a year ago with the goal of getting her GED. On September 22, her dream came true. Now that she has the GED, Michelle is making plans to find a job. She wants to take a sign language class, and she continues to pursue her favorite interests.

Michelle is an inspiration in many ways. For several years, she doubted herself and feared success. With help, she learned not to be afraid to reach for goals. She’s grateful to Dominican for the kindness and patience of the tutors and staff who have helped her along the way.

Mohi Ahmed was referred to Dominican about a year-and-a-half ago. He began studying for his GED and has now passed the math, science, and social studies tests. 

Mohi spent his early life in Bangladesh, where Bangla was his primary language. Because English is a second language for him the GED’s language arts test – the final test he has to pass to receive his GED – has been his biggest challenge.

Once he receives his GED, Mohi plans to take computer classes and pursue a better job with his new skills. He appreciates the help he has received from Dominican as he pursues his goals.

Of the DLC learners who took a survey of their successes in the past year:

  • 174 entered or retained employment
  • 69 voted for the first time or registered to vote
  • 47 advanced in math curriculum
  • 45 advanced in reading and spelling curriculum
  • 44 attended computer classes
  • 41 increased community involvement
  • 29 obtained citizenship
  • 26 improved employability skills
  • 19 read to their children
  • 18 passed sections of the GED test
  • 10 improved their conversation skills
  • Six obtained their GED
  • Five completed high school
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