THE HOUSTON COUNTY CLCP AND ITS PARTNERS
Overseen by Bob Getter, a part-time executive director hired by the board of directors, the Houston County CLCP serves as an umbrella organization for all literacy programs within the county. In addition to its extensive partnership activities, the Houston County CLCP supplies materials for instructors, hosts recognition programs for learners and instructors, recruits adult learners and volunteers, and provides scholarships for GED test fees. The program also works to raise public awareness about the need for literacy and to bring various community groups together to discuss the issues. More than 1,000 adults use Houston County CLCP services each year.
The CLCP board of directors is diverse. Its members include clergy, attorneys, business representatives, a radio newscaster, school board delegates, city leaders, and others. The board meets every two months to monitor the CLCP certification process, evaluate partnerships, and coordinate fund-raising efforts. As needed, the board divides into committees to address such issues as public relations, assessment and evaluation, resources, recruitment and retention, and government relations.
Partnerships are the core of the Houston County CLCP. As required in the CLCP application, partners represent a culturally diverse cross-section of Houston County and include the faith community, media, business, city government, and the technical college. Several CLCP partnerships are described below.