Reading Connections serves any Guilford County adult over the age of 18 who wants to improve literacy skills. Our students usually have a goal in mind when they enroll. They may want to get their high school equivalency or get a driver’s license. They may want to improve their English skills or read to their children or grandchildren. Whatever goal they have in mind, we have a program that will help them achieve it and succeed.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to suspend all in-person instruction. Now, students meet online with their tutors or they work on self-paced learning packets with the support of a literacy coach.
High School Equivalency
This program is designed for adult learners who are preparing to take high school equivalency assessments (GED, HiSet, or TASC). We provide instruction in reading, science, social studies, and math. Our small group and one-on-one settings enable our learners to receive the academic attention they need in order to take the next step towards their college and career goals.
Our Adult Basic Education (ABE) program is designed to support students in improving their reading, math, or computer literacy skills. Our ABE students are typically native English speakers who were unable to graduate from high school, or high school graduates who find that they need to improve their basic literacy skills. In order to best serve our learners, we utilize an individualized approach that keeps their goals at the center of instruction.
English for Speakers of Other Languages
Our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes are offered in small groups or with an individual tutor. Instruction is centered on student goals and interests–for example, improving spoken English to be able to communicate with a child’s teacher. All of our ESOL classes are facilitated by trained volunteer tutors.
The Family Literacy Program provides three 10-week sessions during the school year at Title I elementary schools in Guilford County. This program provides parents an opportunity to support their children’s literacy development while improving their own literacy skills at the same time. Centered on the belief that parents are their children’s first teachers, the program incorporates focused literacy instruction for parents and children, fostering both a habit and a love of reading among the families we serve.
We offer computer literacy courses to students who are enrolled in our ABE, GED, and ESOL programs. Students may enroll in our basic computer skills class or our intermediate computer skills class. Classes are offered in Greensboro and High Point.
The Career Coaching Program supports students as they gain the career readiness skills needed to secure and maintain employment. Career Coaches work with adult literacy students who are unemployed or underemployed and looking for a job or a new career. They support students in career exploration activities, job searches, completing applications, preparing for interviews, creating resumes and cover letters, and other career-related activities.
Detention Center Literacy
We provide basic literacy and GED instruction to men who are incarcerated in the Greensboro Detention Center. Our classes meet twice a week and focus on reading, math, and employment skills in order to equip the students to reenter society after they have served their sentences. This program is currently on hold due to lack of funding.