Southwestern Illinois College has received $125,000 in grants from the state to increase adult literacy.
The grants are part of nearly $5.5 million in Adult Literacy Grants awarded to Illinois libraries by Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White. The grants are intended to help students develop and enhance reading, math, writing and language skills.
About 200 libraries statewide received a portion of the $5.5 million in grants, White said.
The college received a $65,000 Adult Volunteer Literacy Grant to train volunteers who tutor adults in basic reading, math, writing or language skills. Literacy providers may include libraries, volunteer tutoring organizations, community-based organizations, community colleges, regional offices of education, schools, pre-school programs, school districts, domestic-violence shelters and correctional facilities.
It also received two Penny Severns Family Literacy Grants totaling $60,000 to provide educational services to parents and children to enhance basic reading, math, writing or language skills. Programs using the Penny Severns Family Literacy Grant money must partner with an adult literacy provider, child-at-risk agency and a library.
Those interested in becoming volunteer tutors are can call the Illinois Adult Learning Hotline at 800-321-9511.