Learning Center works with help of volunteers

Posted: Friday, April 22, 2005

A middle-aged gentleman with only an eighth-grade education comes to the Kenai Peninsula College Learning Center for advice. He has been fishing all of his life and realizes fishing will no longer support him. He would like to find a new profession. He knows in order to do so, he must further his education.

This gentleman receives tutoring by one of the dedicated literacy volunteers in the Learning Center and goes on to earn his GED. He then proceeds to take college classes and becomes a regular student on the chancellor's list. This student currently is looking at a number of different career choices.

A Russian immigrant plays the piano for the first time since coming to America. This immigrant came to the Kenai Peninsula speaking little English. A committed literacy volunteer brings her to an open house at the college, where she sits down at the piano and plays for the people attending the open house. This immigrant has not only gained a better knowledge of the English language, but she has also become a viable part of out community as a piano teacher on the peninsula.

The above stories are just a couple examples of what is done by the hardworking literacy volunteers working through KPC. These individuals dedicate their heartfelt time and energy to helping children and adults increase their skills in all areas of literacy.

The week of April 17 is National Volunteer Week. We at the KPC-ProLiteracy America Literacy Program are taking this opportunity to celebrate our volunteers. We would like to say thank you to these individuals for helping community members — young and old — who are working to improve there basic skills.

When you see these folks in our community (who by the way have volunteered more than 2,000 hours since July), please thank them for their amazing gift of time: Connie Goltz, Janice Habermann, Edna Jones, Rebecca Jorgensen, Nicole Knight, Megan LaCross, Kristin Lambert, Dagmar Mayer, Jamie Meyers, Ruth Missik, Catherine Rockwood, Gail Sather, Sandra Bell, Delores Benner, Roger Bon, Janet Brookman, Kathryn MacLeod, John McCarthy, Estelle Parks and Jan Stiers.

Diane Taylor, coordinator

Merci Medcoff, VISTA

Kenai Peninsula College

Learning Center

ProLiteracy America Affiliate

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