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  • Tarrant Literacy Coalition is now hiring a full-time Bilingual Information & Referral Specialist for the Adult Education and Literacy Call Center. The Call Center provides support services for adults who need help to find an adult literacy, high school equivalency, English language and/or citizenship class or to enroll in a career training program in Tarrant County or surrounding area. Starting salary range for the position is $27-29,000 per year. Qualified applicants should submit a current resume and cover letter via email to Kathryn Thompson, kthompson@tarrantlit.org. A copy of the job description is available for download by clicking on the title of this article.

  • Joan Grigsby was recently named 2018 Volunteer of the Year at the Literacy Texas annual conference in Waco. Chosen from nominees submitted by literacy programs across the state, Joan's dedication to adult learners and her willingness to go 'above and beyond' for those in need of literacy services stood out to the judges who made this year's selection. "She travels all over the greater Fort Worth area to tutor and support adults attempting to better themselves through literacy support, completion of a high school diploma, and/or accessing opportunities for self-improvement in the workplace and life situations. It takes just a few minutes of conversation regarding her volunteer work to understand that the many hours Joan spends with the people she refers to as “her people” are a definitive life ministry and her mission to give back to a community of individuals with great need," said Lloyd Day, executive director at LinkED. Tarrant Literacy Coalition is extremely fortunate to have Joan as one of it's key volunteers and very proud of Joan for this tremendous honor.

  • The Tarrant County Adult Education and Literacy Consortium hosted a community graduation ceremony in June for Consortium students who received the Certificate of High School Equivalency in the past year. As these wonderful photos show, it was truly a night of celebration for the students and their loved ones. We are proud of each student who worked so hard to achieve this wonderful goal! CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!!

  • Literacy Texas will hold its annual conference for adult literacy administrators, teachers, tutors and volunteers August 6-8 in Waco, TX at the Hilton Waco and Waco Convention Center. Workshops on a wide range of topics of interest to those who work with adult learners will be offered, as well as the annual luncheon honoring the Literacy Volunteer of the Year, which will be held on Tuesday, August 7th. Exhibitors at the conference include a wide range of vendors who work with adult literacy programs, such as Burlington English, Cambridge University Press, Data Recognition Service, ETS HiSET, I'm Not Afraid of Math, New Readers Press, Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy and Learning and many more. For more information about this year's conference and scholarships available, contact Literacy Texas at 888-577-9347.

  • The 2018 Corporate Spelling Bee was held on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at the TCU Brown-Lupton University Union. Larry and Karen Anfin will chaired the Bee, during which local corporate, education and community leaders will competed for thousands of dollars worth of prizes and the coveted traveling trophy, while supporting the important work of the Tarrant Literacy Coalition. CONGRATULATIONS to the Rotary Club of Fort Worth and United Way of Tarrant County, who tied for first place! BNSF who finished third. We are so grateful for all of the spellers and sponsors who made this another great year for our Corporate Spelling Bee!

  • Dr. Stevie Dawn provided two hours of valuable instruction to 125 literacy teachers, tutors and volunteers at the 2017 DFW Literacy Symposium on October 28, 2017. This full-day training event was held at Compass Christian Church, sponsored by Literacy Texas and funded through a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. The DFW Literacy Symposium provides a great opportunity to network with other literacy partners while participating in workshops on a variety of literacy related topics. Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who helped make this an excellent professional development event for our literacy partners.

  • Congratulations to all of the adult learners who received their Certificate of High School Equivalency in the past year. This year's celebration was a wonderful evening for the students, their friends and family members and we are so proud of each and every one. We are especially proud of Charmaine Parramore, our Project BEST student who gave the student commencement address. She inspired all of us with her message, reminding the students that HSE graduation is not the end, but rather the beginning of the next step in their journey. Check out photos of the graduates by clicking on the title of this article.

  • The 2017 Corporate Spelling Bee is set for Wednesday, April 19 at the TCU Brown-Lupton University Union. Tickets are just $50 per person, which includes a wonderful meal and admission to the delightfully entertaining spelling competition among some of Tarrant County's best spellers! Click on the BLUE DONATE BUTTON at the top of this page or call the TLC Office at 817-870-0082 to make your reservations. Spellers will arrive at 5:30 pm for team photos; cash bar opens at 6 pm and dinner is served at 6:30 pm. The Bee competition starts shortly thereafter. This year, audience members will be eligible to win some great prizes donated by our loyal supporters! Don't miss this annual event, co-chaired by Larry and Karen Anfin and hosted by emcee Jill "J.R." Labbe with Wordmaster Gary Cumbie!

  • Join us at the DFW Literacy Symposium on Saturday, February 11th. Our keynote speaker is author Elia Moreno. Space is limited and registration is now open. Click on this link to download the flier with more information.

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  • The 2016 Corporate Spelling Bee will be on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at the TCU Brown-Lupton University Union at 6 pm. Twenty teams of spellers will compete for thousands of dollars worth of prizes and the coveted Traveling Trophy. Join honorary chairs Red & Julie Goldstein, emcee Jill "J.R. Labbe, wordmaster Gary Cumbie,timekeeper Eric Fox and esteemed judges Pat Hardy of the State Board of Education and Tobi Jackson, trustee of the Fort Worth ISD for an evening you won't soon forget!! Dinner reservations are just $50 per person. Click on the words Corporate Spelling Bee above for more details.

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  • The North Texas Math Literacy Symposium will be held on Friday, February 26 at First Baptist Church Arlington from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

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  • We are very pleased to announce that The Alcon Foundation has just contributed $10,000 to support our work with adult literacy programs. These funds will further our mission of improving the quality and increasing the quantity of adult literacy services in Tarrant County and surrounding areas. We love working with everyone at Alcon and are very grateful for their investment in our community!