What Your Gift Provides
This holiday season, enjoy the feeling of knowing exactly what your generous donation provides to your community through LCMC’s adult education services.Every time a new student enters the tutoring or ESL Classroom programs, they take a placement exam at our offices or at the location of the class they want to take. As LCMC serves 2,000 students every year and these two programs are our largest, we go through a lot of paper and pencils to administer these tests! A $10 donation goes a long way when placing our supply orders!
Not only do our students require their own workbooks as they progress through each level of the ESL or basic literacy curricula, we also provide tutors and teachers with teacher’s manuals, textbooks focusing on specific skills like phonics, pronunciation, and grammar, and supplementary reading to build vocabulary and command of sentence structure. New workbooks are needed for every student and even the reusable textbooks go through wear and tear, averaging about $25 per student.
This year, we launched our Workforce Development program, which provides onsite instruction to employees at local restaurants in both customer service-specific skills as well as English as a second language. The hospitality industry, which includes restaurants, is one of the fastest-growing industries in Montgomery County, one most in need of a skilled labor force to provide quality customer service. $50 provides 1 hour of this program to one student employee at our partner local restaurants.
We’ve identified certain areas of Montgomery County as higher-need areas based on where we get the most request for services and where more lower-income families and non-English speaking families are concentrated. Providing GED preparation and ESL classes requires classroom space, We’ve recently introduced new classes in the Montgomery Village and White Oak areas, but more students are waiting in these areas than we currently have space and capacity to serve. Your $100 gift can make the difference in reserving space and being able to offer a class to 10 more students.
The students in our GED classes come from a range of backgrounds, many higher-level ESL speakers, others who are less used to working online or at a desk than most high school graduates. Chromebook laptops help familiarize students with computers and not just writing in English, but typing on the “QWERTY” English computer keyboard. GED test preparation is available online and all three forms of the GED exam are available to take on computers. Laptop use also offers a level of digital literacy and computer skills that are a must in higher-paying job opportunities. A $250 donation provides one Chromebook to one of our GED classes, effectively providing these students pursuing their high school diploma equivalency access to a crucial resource in passing the exam and securing better-paying employment – or employment period.
Our new Learning Management System (LMS) allows us to not only offer flexible, online learning to serve students whose schedules or transportation access limits their ability to take our classes, but it also helps us track where we are needed most and how much of the need we are meeting around the County to better meet students where they are so no student is locked out of educational opportunity based on location. It also helps us track the progress of every student more efficiently and accurately than ever before. It is a robust database that improves the quality of our programs invaluably. A $500 gift helps offset the cost of licensing, privacy, online instruction services, and data upkeep.
We’ve recently partnered with George Washington University to provide an immersive, interactive health literacy and workplace safety workshop for students who work in manual labor industries, and our many ESL speakers are immigrants who are not as familiar with American health issues. We hope to provide more of these crucial special topics workshops, including on financial literacy, digital literacy, media literacy, resume-building and job interviewing skills in addition to more health literacy workshops. To do so requires partnering with subject experts, space rental, and take home resources for students. The specialized nature of these workshops makes them costly, and average about $1,000 per student.
Have you identified a level of gift you feel comfortable making or a resource you feel strongly about helping provide? Make a tax-deductible donation today to make Montgomery County’s community and workforce stronger and better than ever.