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Professional Development Seminar to Raise Funds for Literacy Classes

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Professional Development Seminar to Raise Funds for Literacy Classes

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A professional development seminar has been scheduled as a benefit to raise scholarship and operating funds to pay for adult literacy classes at the Community Literacy Centers Inc.

The seminar, "The Power of Paradigms: How They Shape your Future," will be presented by Garland McWatters and Bailee Westphalen of Quantum Training. McWatters is a member of the Community Literacy Center board of directors.

The New Paradigms seminar is scheduled at the Metro Tech Conference Center from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Oct. 25. Registration is $150 per participant. Money will go directly to the Community Literacy Centers. For more information, contact McWatters or Westphalen at 236-1922 or 447-7608.

"We were faced with cutting back on services this summer and needed a way to raise money," McWatters said. "We volunteered to present the seminar as a benefit to the Literacy Centers."

The Community Literacy Centers, a nonprofit tax exempt corporation, was founded in 1987. More than 1,500 students took classes during the past 12 months.

Corporate and foundation gifts and fund raises were used to pay the cost of the free instruction and a portion of the overhead. Corporate giving declined and the scholarship money ran dry.

As a result, hundreds of adults who would have been enrolled in literacy classes during the summer were put on a waiting list.

"We're still holding classes, but we're only able to serve specific clients whose tuition is funded under special grants," said Dr. Martha Hayes, executive director of the Community Literacy Center.

The center operates from 3121 N. Classen Blvd. and 3707 S. Blackwelder Ave. Both centers offer a variety of services including computer assisted literacy instruction and classroom instruction conducted by licensed reading specialists as well as one-on-one tutoring. …

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