About Our Learners

Although millions of adults in the United States struggle with literacy each day, it is an issue that is rarely talked about. Because of stigma and stereotypes, potential learners often do not reach out or do not know how to find resources to help themselves. At LVMPC, we work hard to create a safe and comfortable environment so learners feel safe and empowered.

There are many reasons a learner might seek services. Many of our ESL (English as a Second Language) learners have come to West Virginia for jobs or education and are looking to improve their conversational and professional English skills. Often, entire families will relocate, and so our ESL learners are all different ages from countries all around the world. Some are already proficient in reading and writing English, having learned in a classroom setting in their home country, and wish to improve their fluency and pronunciation. Others possess only basic knowledge of English and are looking to learn the building blocks of English grammar, spelling, and syntax. Occasionally, an ESL learner may not be literate in their native language, so English is the first language they learn to read or write.

Though some of our learners have travelled thousands of miles to the area, other learners have lived in West Virginia all their lives. Our Basic Literacy learners are native English speakers who are looking to improve their reading or writing skills. Although some may already have their high school diplomas, they found that they graduated without the skills they needed. This is unfortunately a common problem—it is estimated that 1 out of ever 5 high school graduates does not posses basic literacy skills. Whether due to undiagnosed learning disabilities, home environment, or inadequate schooling, Basic Literacy learners are looking to strengthen their literacy skills to attain a GED score, improve job prospects, or simply to make life easier to navigate.

Last year alone, over 30 of our learners graduated from our program, meaning they successfully reached the learning goals they set for themselves when they first began working with their tutor. Many have gone on to become U.S. citizens, to attain their GED, or have been able to get a better job. They are also able to help loved ones and family members, their children especially, to also increase their reading skills. Helping adults improve their reading skills ensures they will be able to pass these skills along to future generations.