BEACON serves a vulnerable population of immigrants and refugees who are not eligible for or cannot afford other adult education programs. Learning English and making progress on educational and employment goals can have an enormous impact on their lives and the security of their families. Typically, BEACON offers eight levels of instruction in three semesters, classes in technology literacy and work readiness, citizenship panels for test aspirants, and pre-literacy classes for the five percent of students who have no schooling. Responding rapidly when spring classes were canceled, BEACON offered a free 10-week, four-level, cellphone-compatible class (about half of students lack tablets or laptops). Experienced teachers created timely content on topics like COVID-19 and the 2020 Census. Developing best practices for future online offerings was a top priority: it's a new world out there, and BEACON will be ready for whatever comes next.

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Awards & Recognition

BEACON is the recipient of the 2021 Agnes L. Colgan Community Service Award: Arts & Education from the Prince William Chamber of Commerce.


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Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for BEACON for Adult Literacy is: Less than $500k

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