Top Stories in Literacy : June 11

Top Stories in Literacy

Lilli Leight, 15, wins National Book Foundation for Literacy Award for donating books to homeless kids
While volunteering at a Miami homeless shelter, Leight, 15, noticed that the kids would turn on the television after finishing their homework, because they didn’t have access to books, Your Olive Branch reports. That is when the Coral Gables, Fla., resident was inspired to start a library for homeless kids at the Chapman Partnership’s Homeless Assistance Center in Miami.

Smart Horizons Career Online Education launches first online high school education in US for Florida Department of Corrections Inmates
On May 14th, 2012, Smart Horizons Career Online Education went live at Florida’s Madison Correctional Institution. This marked SHCOE’s first step as an official provider of online education and career training for the Florida Department of Corrections. The Madison program is the first online secondary education program at any correctional facility in the United States.

Why Businesses need to close the “skills gap”
In the end those who get hired are often overqualified—college graduates being brought on to perform tasks that really require only a high school degree. At the same time, many others are shut out of work—even though they possess the attitude and general aptitude to be successful—for one reason: They lack prior experience.

Collier library reading rewards now go to adults as well as kids
For years, adults have missed out on all the summer fun. The folks at the library hear your pain. Which is why, this year — for the first time — the Collier County Library system will have a summer reading program for adults.

Top Stories in Literacy: February 27

Top Stories in LiteracyProposed state budget cuts target Flagler programs for disabled adults
Flagler County school officials say they may lose funding for programs that serve adults with disabilities. Board Member Colleen Conklin said during Tuesday’s School Board meeting the situation is one she would “classify as an emergency.” Affected programs would include Step Up, Community Inclusion, the Adult Activity Center and Adult Basic Education.

Smart Horizons Career Online Education Announces Partnership With Anthem College to Launch Anthem High School
Anthem High School will provide students who lack a high school diploma the opportunity to earn their diploma and a credentialed career certificate in preparation for enrolling in one of the numerous degree programs offered by Anthem College.

Program Provides Internships for Unemployed Adults
A partnership between Southwest Florida Works and the Alliance of Educational Leaders organized the job fair setting in the Student Union Ballroom, where 25 Southwest Florida companies interviewed candidates for paid internships.

Jeb Bush: Education ‘the leading indicator of a successful life’
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush awarded Maria Segura with a scholarship last Friday during his 12th Annual Celebration of Reading event. The event raises money for literacy programs and advocates for the importance of family involvement in overcoming illiteracy, both in children and adults.