Rowan County Literacy Council Certifies Three New Volunteers

Published 10:15 am Thursday, July 6, 2017

Three new volunteer tutors completed the ProLiteracy training program in June, according to the Rowan County Literacy Council.

“RCLC is very excited to welcome new tutors Jessica Walker, Lisa Boguslaw and Robin Martin,” said Laurel Harry, program coordinator for the council.

“It’s heartwarming to see people willing to give back to their community in this way,” Harry said. “Helping an adult learn to read has a ripple effect — household income goes up, children in the home do better in school — the effects of improved literacy can help an entire family succeed and thrive.”

Walker, Boguslaw and Martin completed an eight-hour, self-paced online training program from home. Upon successful completion of all modules, the three received the ProLiteracy training certificate, which certifies them to tutor at any ProLiteracy-affiliated program nationwide.

All three new tutors have begun giving one-on-one instruction to Adult Basic Education students.

“I have chosen to be a literacy tutor because I understand how empowering reading can be for people,” Boguslaw said. “Not being comfortable reading can limit both your everyday life and the possibility of learning about yourself and the world around you. I also like how the tutoring sessions are carried out — one-on-one contact with students where we can develop a relationship that allows for a safe and personalized learning experience.”

The program currently has several students on a waiting list, and tutors are always needed. Tutors and students typically meet once a week for a 90-minute class.

The Rowan County Literacy Council has been serving Rowan County since 1976 and offers ABE reading and English as a Second Language classes. The council is a United Way Agency whose student programs are free.

For information on upcoming events, becoming a tutor, or other volunteer opportunities, visit the website at or call 704-216-8266.