Literacy is an individual’s ability to read, write, and speak in English, to compute, to solve problems necessary to function on the job and in society, and to achieve one’s personal goals.
Literacy is important in our community because improved literacy means a better qualified workforce, and a stronger economy.
Being functionally illiterate means being unable to fill out a job application, get a driver’s license, read a medicine label, or read to kids at bedtime — factors that severely limit one’s opportunities for employment, advancement, and potential for a happy, fulfilling life. Being literate means being able to read the newspaper or a medicine bottle, complete a job application, balance a checkbook, and help kids with their homework.
For the individual, having a GED and WorkKeys certificate means being more competitive in the local job market. For the community, having a more educated workforce means less money spent in public assistance and more money put into the local economy. Being literate means a better life for everyone.
With the help of more than 200 volunteers and dozens of community collaborative partners, Trident Literacy Association serves approximately 1,500 students annually. Founded in 1972, Trident Literacy Association’s mission is to help adults reverse the cycle and impact of generational poverty and illiteracy through the acquisition of vital life skills.