LCMC Year in Review

October 19th, 2016

 

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Tutor Maggie Bruno and her students

As we marked our 53rd anniversary of providing free English instruction, we are pleased to report that, with the support of our volunteers, donors and partners, we were able to help over 1,750 adult learners improve their English language proficiency – a 25% growth over the past 5 years!

Our  dedicated and committed tutors offered tutoring and conversation classes throughout the county, and our ESL classroom teachers delivered 46 classes at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels in Germantown, Gaithersburg, Rockville, and Silver Spring.

Combined, our tutors and teachers provided over 77,000 instructional hours to our learners!

Other notable highlights we would like to share with you include:

  • LCMC received a Best Practice Award through the Library of Congress’ Literacy Awards Program for Selecting Appropriate Language of Instruction. LCMC was one in only fourteen national and international organizations selected for this honor.
  • Through the generous support of a donor, a daughter of an LCMC student was awarded a college scholarship through LCMC’s first ESL Legacy Scholarship And we are happy to report that this program will continue this year!
  • We adopted a new strategic plan for FY17-21 in order to serve more students in a more impactful way. Stay tuned for more information in upcoming newsletters.
  • And last but not least, LCMC was chosen by the Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) to provide workplace literacy instruction for their Montgomery County and Prince George’s County employees. Forty employees completed the on-site 90 hour program and were recognized at a M-NCPPC graduation ceremony on September 21.

M-NCPPC Graduation

With 1 in every 7 Montgomery County residents struggling with limited English skills, we remain committed to providing our students with the tools they need to build skills for life. Adults who are proficient in English can lift themselves out of poverty, help their children achieve academically, find and keep sustainable employment, and fully participate in our community. As we look to the future, we plan to build more capacity by expanding our programs, deepening our impact and strengthening our partnerships.

Best Practice Award from Library of Congress

Best Practice Award from Library of Congress

We are thankful for the hard work of our learners, the commitment of our tutors and teachers, the dedication of our volunteers and staff, and the generous support of our donors and partners. Please take a moment to read our annual report  and don’t forget to connect with us on social media!