The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

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January 17, 2014

Help adults learn to read

The ability to read well, understanding and able to make decisions based on the information, stands as one of the most critical skills necessary for someone to land a good-paying job.

Unfortunately, there are many adults in the Vermilion County area who lack that important skill.

They might have had to leave school early, or just never realized how vital reading can be in today’s job market. For whatever reason, the inability to read well puts those looking for work at a serious disadvantage.

Luckily, The Reader’s Route — Danville Area Community College’s adult literacy program — provides free reading lessons to those in need.

The most critical component in the program are the volunteer tutors. They undergo specific training, then they are matched with students ages 16 and older who read at less than a ninth-grade level. The students learn at their own pace, working one-on-one with the tutor.

Those interested in becoming tutors should contact Scott Heatherton at 443-8785 or e-mail sheather@dacc.edu.

The New Volunteer Tutor Training will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 25, Feb. 1 and Feb. 8 at the DACC office in the Danville Village Mall, 2917 N. Vermilion St. Space is limited to 12 participants.

If you have the time, help another adult learn to read. The work can be difficult, but it always is rewarding. Helping another person unlock the ability to read well can turn the student’s life around.

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