Kalamazoo Literacy Council, WMU celebrate 10th annual literacy symposium

Contact: Paula M. Davis

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The Kalamazoo Literacy Council (KLC), in collaboration with Western Michigan University, is proud to announce the 10th annual Adult Literacy Research & Training Symposium on Friday, Dec. 8, from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the College of Health and Human Services. This event is free and open to the public.

Themed “Everyone Needs To Read: Community Literacy in Action,” this symposium aims to bring together educators, volunteer tutors, students and community members who are passionate about advancing literacy for all. Attendees will enjoy sessions and workshops that explore engaging and effective strategies in digital literacy, English as a second language, multigenerational learning and more. The symposium promises to be a platform for learning and collaboration, providing attendees with valuable insights into the world of adult education.

The Edison: “EDucation IS ON” initiative will be a featured presentation that includes a photo and art exhibit plus exciting updates on significant outcomes achieved during the past year through the robust KLC/WMU partnership.

“We are pleased to bring together experts and enthusiasts in the field of literacy education. This symposium will be an excellent opportunity to explore new ideas and share experiences,” says KLC Executive Director Michael Evans.

Lisa Garcia, WMU’s assistant vice president for community partnerships, adds that, “Collaborating with the KLC aligns perfectly with the University’s commitment to community engagement. We are excited to contribute to this important conversation on community literacy.”

Lunch will be provided at the event, and a virtual option is available. The main sessions will be in the college's auditorium, Room 1010, with breakout sessions in Room 1024. Please register by Wednesday, Nov. 22, on the Kalamazoo Literacy Council's website.

About the Kalamazoo Literacy Council

The KLC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of adults in Kalamazoo County who struggle to read, through programs designed to strengthen basic literacy skills. The agency offers free one-on-one tutoring and classes in English, Parent Literacy, Health Literacy, computers, JOBS and other critical services that empower individuals to reach their goals. The Edison: “EDucation IS ON” project is funded in part by the Michigan Humanities Council and LISC Kalamazoo.

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