A Committee of the East Central Area Literacy Council
Welcome to the Phelps County Committee of the East Central Area Literacy Council.
We are here to support adults who are improving their literacy skills. Some are learning English as a speaker of another language, others are trying to complete their high school education by preparing to take the high school equivalency test. We also assist adults preparing for college, a new career or the US Citizenship test.
We are here to support them all through recruiting volunteers for the classroom, outreach to new students, fundraising, and any other support we may be able to provide.
Phelps County Committee Members:
Rebecca Buckley, Director-Rolla Public Library
Jean Craft, AEL Instructor-East Central College
Brandy Howdeshell, Coordinator-The Mission
Michael Lewis, Director-James Memorial Public Library
Janece Martin, Grant Writer-CASA of South Central Missouri
Amber Warner, AEL Instructor-East Central College
Kathryn Whyte, AEL Instructor-East Central College
Daniel Woodward, Artist-Visual, musical, and verbal
Meetings are held via Zoom the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 5 pm
Register to become a Volunteer: https://ecaliteracy.org/volunteer/
Adult Education Program Class Sites Supported:
Free College and Career Readiness Classes: (formerly GED)
- Rolla – ECC Rolla North 2303 North Bishop Ave. (HWY 63): Monday & Wednesday, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Register for classes here
- Rolla – Mosaic Church 1600 Bridge School Rd.: Tuesday & Thursday, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Register for classes here
- Rolla – ECC Rolla North 2303 North Bishop Ave. (HWY 63): Tuesday & Thursday, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Register for classes here
- St. James – United Methodist Church, 149 W. Church St. (Enter Fellowship Hall off W. Johnson St.): Monday & Thursday, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Register for classes here
- MOLearns online high school equivalency class: Register for classes here
Free English Language Classes:
- Rolla – First Baptist Church 801 Cedar St: Monday & Wednesday, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Register for classes here
- Rolla – First Baptist Church 801 Cedar St: Tuesday & Thursday, 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. Register for classes here
The Need for Adult Education
There are approximately 3,239 adults in Phelps County between the ages of 18-64 that do not have a high school diploma. There are approximately 1,854 adults that solely speak a language other than English at home. That’s more than 5,000 adults in need of adult education services for just those two reasons.
If the data is expanded to include adults with low literacy and numeracy skills (see Level 1 below), the need is even greater at more than 30% or 8,500 individuals who need assistance with basic math skills.
Literacy: the ability to understand, use, and respond appropriately to written texts.
|Reading Level 1 (<226/500)|
Adults at this level can be considered at risk for difficulties using or comprehending print material. Adults at the upper end of this level can read short texts, in print or online, and understand the meaning well enough to perform simple tasks, such as filling out a short form, but drawing inferences or combining multiple sources of text may be too difficult. Adults who are below Level 1 may only be able to understand very basic vocabulary or find very specific information on a familiar topic. Some adults below level 1 may struggle even to do this and may be functionally illiterate.
|Math Level 1 (<226/500)|
Adults at this level can be considered at risk for difficulties with numeracy. Adults at the upper end of this level can understand how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide and can perform basic one-step mathematical operations with given values or common spatial representations (e.g. calculate how many bottles of soda are in a full box with two levels when only the top level can be seen). Adults who are below Level 1 may only be able to count, sort, and do basic arithmetic operations with simple whole numbers and may be functionally innumerate.
|Reading Level 2 (226-275/500)|
Adults at this level can be considered nearing proficiency but still struggling to perform tasks with text based information. Such adults may be able to read print and digital texts, relate multiple pieces of information within or across a couple documents, compare and contrast, and draw simple inferences. They can navigate in a digital environment to access key information, such as finding two main benefits of one product over another. However, more complex inferencing and evaluation may be too difficult.
|Math Level 2 (226-275/500)|
Adults at this level can be considered nearing proficiency but still struggling to perform numeracy tasks. Such adults can successfully perform tasks requiring two or three steps involving calculations with whole numbers and common decimals, percentages, and fractions. They can conduct simple measurement and interpret relatively simple data and statistics in texts, tables, and graphs. However, more complicated problem solving (where the information is not explicit or is in an unfamiliar context) may be too difficult.