For the over 130,000 residents of Montgomery County who are "limited English proficient," simple tasks like completing a job application, or writing a note to their child's teacher, pose nearly impossible challenges. For the past 54 years, LCMC has helped make those tasks easier for over 20,000 adult learners. Through one-on-one Basic Literacy and English as a Second Language tutoring and classes, it provides cost-effective instruction to both foreign-born and native-born students who have limited flexibility in their schedules, may not be comfortable in large classes, or may simply need to learn at their own pace. It also offers conversation classes and workplace literacy courses – all of which give students the skills and vocabulary to navigate school, work, and community. Over 30 classes at six sites will reach nearly 1,700 adults next year. Your gift puts their dreams into words.
LCMC continues to serve those in its community being disproportionately affected by COVID-19, some of whom have lost their jobs, contracted and recovered from the virus, lost childcare, and are risking exposure in hopes of avoiding homelessness. Keeping their mantra of “education, empowerment, and equity” in mind, LCMC has successfully moved 42 classes online, created digital literacy classes for students and tutors, and developed a comprehensive curriculum for its tutoring and workplace programs – in hopes of creating a better normal for its students.