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Literacy Council names new executive director

5:37 PM, Feb. 6, 2013  |  Comments
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The Winnebago County Literacy Council (WCLC) welcomes Terri S. Hansen as the agency's new executive director to help fulfill its mission to increase the literacy skills of adults and families in the Winnebago County area.

"The Literacy Council is sure to make great strides toward fulfilling its mission in 2013 under the very capable direction of Ms. Hansen," said WCLC Board President Natalie Johnson. "Her expert skills in strategic planning and business management are sure to serve our community well."

Since 1989, WCLC has provided literacy services to adults throughout Winnebago County in an effort to "Open the Book on Literary." The council provides one-to-one tutoring opportunities to adults reading at or below a fourth-grade level. While adult illiteracy tends to be an invisible problem, an estimated 20,000 county residents can't read past the fourth-grade level. More than 13,000 adults in the county do not have their high school diploma or GED.

"By helping individuals to acquire reading and writing, conversational, workplace and life skills, the WCLC hopes to empower learners to improve their lives in areas, such as improving daily living skills; performing satisfactorily on the job; participating in the education of their children; reading newspapers, magazines and other information about current events; making informed choices; building literacy skills to prepare for coursework toward completing the GED or a post-secondary program," Hansen said. "The WCLC looks forward to serving more adults and families during 2013."

WCLC, a United Way agency, is a nonprofit organization supported by grants, generous donations and the passion of volunteers. For more information about WCLC, contact Andrea Neuber, service coordinator, at (920) 236-5219, ext. 4802 or neuber@winlit.org.

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