MILFORD >> Did you know there are more than 7,000 people in Milford without a high school diploma or who are not fluent in English? Did you know there are 45 non-English languages spoken in Milford? (Data taken from the Milford School District Strategic School Profile, 2012-2013).

The Literacy Center of Milford is offering a five-week volunteer Tutor Training class in ESL (English as a Second Language) in January for the area’s non-English speaking adults.

Tutor Training classes in Milford will be held at the Literacy Center, 16 Dixon St., Wednesday, Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, and 18, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Call 203-878-4800 to schedule your orientation meeting.

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

Additionally, if you are interested in working with students preparing for their GED examination, or prefer to help adult students with basic literacy skills, call the Center’s office to schedule your orientation meeting.

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.