Archive of December, 2017

ProLiteracy Awards ESC a National Book Fund Grant


Employment Skills Center is pleased to announce it has received a $1000 award from ProLiteracy’s National Book Fund. The National Book Fund provides adult education and literacy programs throughout the United States with grant awards to help purchase high-quality educational materials and resources needed to support their literacy initiatives.


Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy said, “Every year, we receive a number of compelling, high-quality applicants. We are pleased this year to be able to offer grants to 80 percent of the applicants we received. ProLiteracy is excited to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the National Book Fund with the bold vision of putting one book each in the hands of 125,000 adult learners nationwide. Over the last 20 years we have distributed more than 1,500 grant awards totaling more than $2.9 million. Over 305,000 adults, youth, and children improved their reading skills as a result of this initiative, and more than 33,000 tutors and literacy volunteers have received the resources they need to provide direct literacy instruction to students.”


New Readers Press, the publishing division of ProLiteracy, provides the books and materials for the National Book Fund. These books are high-quality instructional materials specially written to meet the needs of adult literacy students, instructors, and trainers. Adult literacy programs can chose from more than 400 New Readers Press titles.


Margaret Weitzel, Executive Director of Employment Skills Center said, “The grant we received from the National Book Fund was used to purchase math, history, reading, and English language books for our Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language students. We are delighted to provide our instructional staff with high quality materials and grateful to ProLiteracy for providing the funding to update our curriculum.”

Share the Gift of Knowledge!

Want to make a difference in the life of an adult learner? The Employment Skills Center is in need of dedicated volunteers to tutor adult students one-on-one in the areas of Basic Literacy, Math, GED Preparation, and English as a Second Language. Tutoring is a wonderful way to share your knowledge and get involved in the community. We will match you with an adult student who is eager to learn!


Volunteers will be required to complete online tutor training through the Tutors of Literacy in the Commonwealth (  After completing all training, volunteers are asked to commit to 1.5 hours twice a week or 3 hours once a week for at least 6 months.  No prior experience is required, but volunteers must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or currently be pursuing one in accordance with PA Department of Education guidelines. All volunteers must comply with state mandated background checks. View a complete volunteer tutor job description here!


We would love to have you as a volunteer! Many volunteers tell us the work is far more rewarding than they ever imagined. To sign up as a tutor or to get more information, please contact Shelly Brown at 717-243-6040 x 4424 or




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