Rural county with three small cities; population of 117,000
Houston County, Georgia
Middle Georgia Technical College; local employers; state, county and city agencies; community- and faith-based organizations; the Hispanic Collaborative; and others.
Adults needing adult basic and secondary education, English literacy instruction, GED preparation, and workplace literacy and family literacy services.
- The state certification process for becoming a Certified Literate Community provides guidelines, a goal, and a basic structure for local literacy programs, but allows considerable local autonomy in identifying needs and providing services.
- Local leadership involvement is crucial. The mayors of Houston County’s three cities made adult literacy and the CLCP important public priorities.
- A diverse board of directors ensures that critical sectors of the community are represented.
- What makes the partnership work: a committed executive director and board of directors; support and involvement from the major literacy provider in the county; creativity in pooling resources to meet needs; and a strong workforce development focus.
- More than 1,000 people use CLCP services each year, and the program is more than halfway to its ten-year goal of serving 6,945 adults.
- The procedure for applying to participate in the state CLCP program requires and encourages partnerships and broad community involvement.
- Outreach to local churches allows the CLCP to reach learners who might not otherwise hear about the program.
- Business partners provide financial support to the CLCP, assist with fund-raising events, identify and refer employees with literacy needs, and provide information about literacy services through their human resources departments.
City of Warner Robins; fund-raising events; and in-kind contributions.
Bob Getter, Executive Director
Houston County Certified Literate Community Program
Houston County CLCP, Inc.
P.O. Box 8337
Warner Robins, Georgia 31088