FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LiteracyCNY Receives OTDA Educational Resources Grant
Contact: Marsha L. Tait 315-471-1300 X171 or mtait@LiteracyCNY.org
August 26, 2015
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — LiteracyCNY has been awarded a New York State Office of Temporary and Disabilities Assistance Educational Resources grant and will be the lead agency in the Onondaga County Educational Resources Consortium (OCERC).
The OCERC will bring together the combined resources of nine local agencies to ensure that qualifying adults acquire improved literacy and English language skills, as well as long-term employment outcomes through access to early childhood, employment, adult education, and other available support services. OCERC partners include: JOBSplus!, the Learning Disabilities Association of Central New York, LiteracyCNY, Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES Adult Education Program, Partners In Learning, The Salvation Army Syracuse Area Services, The Syracuse City School District Adult Education Program, The Syracuse Educational Opportunity Center, and the Syracuse Housing Authority.
“The county is rich in human service agencies and services, but it can be very difficult for adults who are struggling with poverty and limited literacy and/or English language skills to navigate an inarguably complex system,” said Marsha L Tait, Executive Director of LiteracyCNY. “OCERC will coordinate referrals and track participation in human services across partner agencies. We hope that by helping these adult education students to ‘connect the dots,’ we will see improved educational and job-related outcomes.”
“This consortium proposal is unique in its goal to connect adults to needed services for themselves and their children. By emphasizing a two-generation approach, parents will have increased opportunities and pathways to succeed in their educational goals, and their children will benefit from enhanced educational opportunities as well,” said Amy Kremenek, Vice President of Human Resources and External Relations at Onondaga Community College, of which JOBSplus! is a part.
Tait said that LiteracyCNY will add one full-time staff position of OCERC Coordinator to manage the grant. Interested candidates should email Marsha L Tait at mtait@LiteracyCNY.org with a cover letter and resume. No phone calls, please.
Adult educators estimate that at least 60,000 adults in Onondaga County have low literacy skills and/or extremely limited English. Last year, LiteracyCNY enrolled 480 adults into its instructional programs and provided information and referral to 250 additional prospective adult students.
Founded in 1962 by Syracuse resident Ruth Colvin, LiteracyCNY—formerly Literacy Volunteers of Greater Syracuse—has transformed thousands of lives in Central New York. LiteracyCNY is ranked Highly Proficient by the New York State Department of Education.
LiteracyCNY’s mission is to provide adults in the Central New York community with the literacy tools and skills that they need to be contributing, productive, and engaged members of the community. The organization advocates for adult education, provides instruction, and partners with other community based agencies. Improving Adult Literacy makes our community stronger. For more information, visit www.literacycny.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.