Our street name has been changed from Marietta Street to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way.
We are in the same location, but our address is now 116 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Gastonia, NC 28052.
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Council, Inc., the primary provider of literacy services in Gaston County, is a
progressive organization dedicated to helping individuals improve their
reading, writing, mathematics, listening, speaking, and technology skills. All services are free and confidential.
Founded in 1964 as a
volunteer organization, Gaston Literacy Council, (GLC) is a private non-profit
that exists to improve the literacy rate in our community, thereby contributing
to the economic development of our county and our region. Gaston County’s literacy rate of 78.9% as of
2010 is below the State and National averages (84% and 85%, respectively), and without at least a high school education,
21% of Gaston County’s adults are considered functionally illiterate. We help our clients become functionally
literate through advocacy initiatives and instructional services. Our organization is staffed by
professionals specially trained in the field of adult education.
tailors its services to support our community's economic development
initiatives, elementary school reading goals, high school graduation rates, and
increased civic involvement. As our
County’s economy has changed, Gaston Literacy’s role in the community has also
evolved, from imparting basic survival skills to helping clients attain the GED®
and/or Career Readiness Certificate (CRC), enter post-secondary education
and/or the workforce, and earn
Citizenship. GLC’s services empower
students to be engaged in the community, participate in their children’s education,
vote, and take control of their health.
GLC trains a segment
of our County’s workforce that lacks the skills to compete in today’s job
market. With GLC’s help, our students
achieve their educational and employment goals and earn family-sustaining wages
leading to a fundamental improvement in
their quality of life.
Gaston Literacy is
an accredited affiliate of ProLiteracy America, the national
association that acknowledges literacy organizations that are distinguished by
superior professional leadership,
effective programs, committed governing boards, and outstanding volunteer
support. ProLiteracy America President
Marsha L. Tait praised GLC for demonstrating “its ability to meet the highest
standards of excellence in providing literacy services to its students and
GLC has been
recognized for its leadership in improving our community’s literacy rate. For example, GLC has been recognized by the North Carolina Community College System
as an agency whose program practices are effective
acknowledge our volunteers and donors who help bring about remarkable results
year after year, and we appreciate their philosophy of continuous improvement
as we work together to deliver the best possible services to our clients.