There is a direct relationship between literacy and poverty.
Lincoln County has a poverty rate just below 20%. For the Mescalero Apache tribe, the poverty rate is higher. Close to 40% of the Mescalero people are living below the poverty line. Many adults live in poverty and illiteracy in Lincoln County.
LCAL considers these under-served mostly rural adults to be especially vulnerable and therefore a focus of our services.
1 out of every 5 New Mexican adults reads below the 5th grade level.
Simple everyday tasks present real problems. Following street signs, reading bus schedules, filling out job applications or reading prescription labels can be difficult and frustrating.
At Lincoln County Adult Literacy, all of our services are free of charge. Our trained tutors’ help adults improve their reading levels, thus improving their ability to function in the community.
Job applications for work are often filled out on a computer.
Some applications are found only online. As society becomes more reliant on technology, so does our need to become literate in its use.
Lincoln County Adult Literacy offers basic computer literacy to its adult learners with direct, hands on instruction with a trained tutor.
The lack of ability to speak and understand spoken English can be very frustrating and even frightening to an adult.
What is a 'permission slip' for a 'field trip'? What do I say when the policeman pulls me over? No one understands me because of my accent and my poor English.
Lincoln County Adult Literacy helps adult learners of English with basic vocabulary, communication for many life and cultural situations as well as helps them to become literate in reading and writing English.
In today's workplace, even the simplest jobs require reading at a at least the 6th grade level.
There is a direct correlation between low literacy, low education attainment and low income.
One-to-one tutoring at Lincoln County Adult Literacy in reading and writing helps prepare adults to take the GED, attain better employment and further their education.
Children are affected by their parent’s low literacy.
As the education level of an adult improves, so does his/her child's success in school. Helping low-literate adults improve their basic skills has a direct and measurable impact on both the education and quality of life of their children.
Lincoln County Adult Literacy's program strengthens parents' ability to participate in their child's education. Parents who read help children to read.
75% of state prison inmates do not complete high school or can be classified as low literate.
Lincoln County Adult Literacy's program provides reading, math, life skills and pre-HSE instruction to the inmates at the Lincoln County Detention Center. Student inmates are encouraged to continue their studies with LCAL after they are released.