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CLCP reaches its goals in literacy
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Forsyth County News

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To learn more about Literacy Forsyth, call (770) 876-2011 or visit www.LiteracyForsyth.com.

Forsyth County recently achieved the status of Certified Literate Community.

The state board of the Technical College System of Georgia presented the award to leaders of Literacy Forsyth, a nonprofit organization that works to increase literacy rates through a variety of adult education programs, during a ceremony Nov. 4.

Literacy Forsyth will also hold a private, local ceremony Nov. 17 to celebrate the award.

Forsyth is the 29th county in the state to earn the distinction of Certified Literate Community, which means specific literacy and adult education goals have been met through the community’s Certified Literate Community Program, or CLCP.

Literacy Forsyth is the county’s CLCP. There are 60 such programs throughout the state, encompassing 78 counties.

Locally, Literacy Forsyth, through its partnership with Lanier Technical College, met its 10-year goals in less than six years.

Since the partnership’s inception in early 2005, the program has served more than 7,400 county residents.

Services provided through the program include tutoring for low-level and non-reading adults, GED preparation classes and tutoring, English classes for non-native speakers, scholarships and materials for GED preparation classes at the Forsyth County Detention Center.

All services are free to Forsyth residents.

“Improving adult literacy rates benefits everyone,” said Fonda Harrision, chairwoman of Literacy Forsyth. “Our organization’s motto is ‘Education empowers communities.’ Education provides a path to personal growth and self-sufficiency for our county’s immigrants and illiterate adults.

“A literate community is attractive to businesses and families alike.”