There are more than 25,000 people in Milford, Stratford and West Haven without a high school diploma, and there are more than 3,400 adults who are not fluent in English and 57 non-English languages spoken in these cities, according to area school district profiles.

The Literacy Center of Milford is offering a five-week volunteer tutor training class in English as a Second Language to help address some of these numbers.

Tutor training classes in Milford will be held at the Literacy Center, 16 Dixon Street, Milford from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 12, 30 and Oct. 7 and 14. Call 203-878-4800 to schedule an orientation meeting.

There is a $20 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.

Additionally, those interested in working with students preparing for their General Equivalency Diploma (GED) 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 ESL 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 on the Literacy Center’s ESL and other volunteer programs, visit www.literacycenterofmilford.com or call 203-878-4800.