Literacy Center of Milford offers tutor training

There are more than 16,000 people in Milford and West Haven without a high school diploma, and more than 2,400 adults who are not fluent in English in Milford and West Haven.

The Literacy Center of Milford is offering two five-week volunteer tutor training classes in English as a Second Language. Classes will be held at the Literacy Center, 16 Dixon Street in Milford from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7 and 14.

Classes in West Haven will be held at the West Haven Community House, 227 Elm Street, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 20, 27 and Nov. 3.

 There is a $25 fee for course materials. Knowledge of a foreign language is not necessary. All prospective volunteer tutors will be interviewed in advance. For further information, call The Literacy Center office between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at 203-878-4800.

Those interested in working with students preparing for their General Equivalency Diploma examination, or who prefer to help adult students with basic literacy skills, may call the center’s office for an interview.

 The Literacy Center of Milford is part of the ProLiteracy network of adult basic education and literacy programs. ProLiteracy is working with its member programs to raise awareness of available English as a Second Language services.

“Non-English speakers in the U.S. can fall behind in education or employment in an already challenging job market,” said David C. Harvey, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. “Language barriers can also prevent them from understanding important financial, educational, health care, employment or legal rights issues. By raising awareness of our members’ ESL programs, adults in need will know where to find resources that can help them gain skills to address everyday matters.”

For more information, visit literacycenterofmilford.com or call 203-878-4800.

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