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WLC Online Education Fair

Join us on Tuesday, July 14th for the Washington Literacy Center Online Education Fair! We will help you explore a variety of online education opportunities from career paths including the Health Care Industry, Information Technology, Hospitality and more! Learn how to access technology, use virtual learning platforms, and enroll in online classes from education experts, and WLC staff. Your path to reaching your educational goal starts here! To join this Zoom Meeting, please contact Shayla Mack - for Zoom link and Meeting ID


For Immediate Release Contact: July 2, 2020 Annette Larkin 703.772.6427 Washington, DC – In an ongoing effort to support vulnerable populations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Washington Literacy Center(WLC) as 1 of 77 DC-based nonprofits to receive the 2020 DC HOPE Community Grant. WLC will receive a $50,000 grant, created by the Federal CARES Act, to support outreach efforts in the impacted communities it serves. “I am absolutely thrilled to receive a grant that will support the COVID-19 mitigation efforts of Washington DC. We strongly stand behind Mayor Bowser and her visio

2020 Marion S. Barry SYEP Pre-Apprenticeship and Training Program

The Washington Literacy Center will serve 100 youth ages 18-24 virtually through the 2020 Marion S. Barry SYEP Pre-Apprenticeship and Training Program. This key initiative is sponsored and fully supported by the DC Department of Employment Services. Courses occur over 6 weeks and students are actively engaged in one of two career pathways: Pathway 1: Hospitality and Tourism and Pathway 2: Construction and Infrastructure. Students learn valuable 21st century skills and obtain industry knowledge where they are able to apply these requisite skills in fields that are high demand and high wage. Through guided readings, simulations, and active group activities students will plan their career path

WLC on The Kojo Nnamndi Show - Adult Learning And The Digital Divide

WLC President and CEO Jimmie Williams and WLC instructor Dr. Robin Barr were on the Kojo Nnamdi show June 15th. They discussed DC's Digital Divide and the thousands of adults who struggle with reading and basic math. It was a great opportunity to shine the light on WLC and our mission of improving adult literacy in the DC metro area. To listen to or read the transcript of yesterday's show click here. #washlit #adultliteracy #whereliveschange #digitaldivide #covid19

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