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Student Spotlight: Shawnice

May 10, 2017 : Student Spotlights

A new job in management prompted Shawnice to brush up on her skills. Her annual review was approaching and she worried about writing the three required essays. Shawnice turned to Literacy Pittsburgh for help.

She chose to work with a volunteer tutor in her neighborhood. Together, they worked on spelling and presenting her ideas effectively.

At Literacy Pittsburgh, Shawnice gained valuable communication skills and confidence. Her successful performance evaluation led to a promotion and a raise that will help her to support her two children.

Her next step is to go back to school for computer technology. Shawnice knows that her success will influence her children. “They see that I did homework, so they can do it, too,” she explains. “It will inspire them to stay in school and further their own education.”

Literacy Pittsburgh (formerly Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council) helps create better lives through learning. Recognized as a national leader in adult and family literacy, Literacy Pittsburgh is the largest provider of adult basic education in Allegheny and Beaver Counties. Last year, Literacy Pittsburgh helped more than 4,500 individuals acquire reading, writing, math, English language, computer and workforce skills so they may reach their fullest potential in life and participate productively in their communities. Literacy Pittsburgh provides free, personalized instruction in workforce readiness, high school diploma test preparation, English as a second language, basic skills, and family literacy through one-to-one and small class instruction, along with referrals to other family support organizations. Founded in 1982, it serves local adults through numerous neighborhood locations and its Downtown Center.