ADULT READING CENTER INC dba ADULT EDUCATION CENTER

Transforming Lives through Education

aka Adult Education Center   |   Pearland, TX   |  www.adulteducationcentertexas.org

Mission

To Engage, Educate, and Empower communities of adult learners by advancing literacy skills & employment opportunities to achieve a better quality of life.

Ruling year info

1987

President & CEO

Mr. Ernest Lewis III

Main address

2246 Washington St

Pearland, TX 77581 USA

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EIN

76-0229186

NTEE code info

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Adult Education Center is dedicated to strengthening and expanding our contributions in the adult education system by advancing our mission by providing direct access to adult learners in need of comprehensive, and result-driven programs. Our programs are the vehicles we use to champion equal opportunity for a group that is often referred to as low literacy adult learners or nontraditional learners who also maybe underserved or economically marginalized. We use our literacy skills every day -- in our jobs, homes and schools. For those the Center serves, this is not their reality. They work around literacy to maintain their quality of life carrying the anxiety that their personal struggle will be revealed. These individuals represent a portion of the 43% of adults with the lowest level of literacy who live in poverty. More than ever community organizations, like the Adult Education Center are needed to provide life-changing programs to break the cycle of low literacy and poverty.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Adult Basic Education

This program is for low literacy learners (0-7.5 grade equivalency level) who need goal-specific elementary or secondary level basic skills, remediation to attain personal, academic or employment goals. Special provisions will be employed for ABE or other adult learners with learning differences.

Population(s) Served

The High School Equivalency Program prepares adult learners for a set of 5 tests: Math, Reading, Writing, Social Studies, and Science.

Population(s) Served

The English as a Second Language program is for learners whose native language is not English.

Population(s) Served

The Citizenship Education program is a volunteer-led offering which prepares non-citizens for the U.S. citizenship exam given by the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service).

Population(s) Served

The Employment Preparation/Job Readiness program covers literacy skills related to learners' need to obtain, retain or improve their employment. For workplace site partnerships, content typically features work-related vocabulary and information as well as personal and group skills desired by employers. This area includes general employability skills (e.g. - résumé development, soft skills, and interview skills).

Population(s) Served

The Entrepreneurship Training program is for individuals interested in learning more about the basics of opening or expanding a business and the best practices and tools required to be a successful entrepreneur.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

FY 2016, an additional federal contract led to an increase in # served. FY 2017, devastation from Hurricane Harvey led to decrease in # served. FY 2018, funding cuts led to decrease in # served.

Number of program participants who receive a secondary school diploma or GED

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of volunteers

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

FY 2016, the Center had a series of group projects and tutors to address increase in # served. FY 2017, number decreased due to less groups. FY 2018, more group engagement occurred.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In FY 2016 and 2017, instructional hours were counted in general volunteer hours. In FY 2018, the volunteer instructional hours were extracted to avoid duplication.

Hours of literacy instruction delivered

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Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants who pass citizenship exam

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Funding, staff and volunteer support impacted the # served. In FY 2016, the Center had paid staff to lead program.

Number of participants who earned a credential

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

FY 2018, the Center revamped the Entrepreneurship Training.

Percentage of participants who reached or acheived thier goals

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Adult Education Center envisions 100% literacy through 100% community engagement. Literacy skills give adult learners the power to communicate, make informed decisions, access resources and opportunities, and, ultimately transforming their lives and the communities around them. It will take the mobilization and coordination of committed residents and entities that have a common understanding that literacy is the bedrock of engaged, productive, a connected communities. In the Greater Houston area, 1 in 5 adults is functionally illiterate (roughly 330,000 people) (Reference: Houston’s Literacy Crisis – A Blueprint for Community Action, A report from Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, 2013-2014).

The Adult Education Center transforms lives through education. Adult learners are met where they are and given the opportunity to participate in a performance-based programs tailored to address the identified needs of the community, personal educational and career goals, and workforce preparation and readiness best practices and standards. Adult learners work in a hands-on learning environment and become self-reliant, critical thinkers and implementers who can carry the acquired skills into personal, post education, and employment settings. The Adult Education Center also equips adult learners with the tools to elevate their literacy so that improving their quality of life is within reach.

With an annual budget of more than $600,000 and experience in managing federal, state, local and private funds, the Adult Education Center delivers the highest level of compliance and stewardship ensuring optimal impact and return on investment. As a subcontractor of Brazosport College under the HGAC Adult Education Consortium, the Adult Education Center met all of our targets for FY 17-18 and earned a strong performance rating from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

The Adult Education Center core programs are led by our staff of area and field leaders in education, literacy, and nonprofit administration. After a rigorous search, the Adult Education Center’s Board of Directors named Ernest Lewis III, MBA as the new President & CEO effective May 14, 2018.

Since 1987, the Adult Education Center (formerly the Adult Reading Center) has been rooted in the city of Pearland Texas and have been fortunate to expand our reach across multiple counties including Harris, Brazoria, Galveston and Fort Bend. Throughout our extensive history, we have positively changed more than 14,000 lives through our impactful programs. With the continued support of the communities we serve and faithful stakeholders, the Adult Reading Center serves as a viable resource for the most in need among adult learners. The Center's legacy is best demonstrated by what we do. We serve communities by contributing to the economy, reducing poverty, and decreasing crime through improved literacy among residents/adult learners. We engage volunteers by delivering training, providing support, and creating meaningful volunteer opportunities. We help families thrive by helping break the intergenerational cycle of low literacy and create a culture of life-long learning. We equip adults for success by administering self-paced or accelerated instruction, citizenship readiness, and employment readiness.

For every $1 invested in adult literacy, $7.14 directly benefits the society we live in (Literacy World Society).

An extra year of education increases an adult learner or individual’s earning by 10% (Literacy World Society).

In 2017-2018, the services the Adult Education Center provided without charge impacted 692 adult learners through 33,781 orientation and instructional hours which include employment preparation valued at $838,258. 63 volunteers who dedicated a total of 4,813 hours valued at $121,047 (including volunteer instructional hours). The total cost benefit returned to the community for volunteer and professional instruction hours was $959,305. 26 adult learners earned their High School Equivalency Credential/Certificate and 8 have become U.S. citizens.

In 2018-2019, the services the Adult Education Center provided without charge impacted 605 adult learners through 38,694 orientation and instructional hours which include employment preparation valued at $882,331 to date. 125 volunteers who dedicated a total of 2,624 hours valued at $65,994 (not including volunteer instructional hours). The total cost benefit returned to the community for volunteer and professional instruction hours was $948,325. 26 adult learners earned their High School Equivalency Credential/Certificate, 7 earned their Entrepreneurship/Small Business Certification and 15 have become U.S. citizens.

Story of Transformation

Francisco came to the Adult Education Center in December of 2018 with limited English language skills. His goal was to improve his English to hopefully find a job in the United States. During the initial time of learning with us, he found a job as a baker’s assistant at a bakery, but he dreamed to be able to find a job that will utilize his skills as a veteran Cash Flow Manager he developed at Baker Hughes in Venezuela. He quickly excelled in our beginner's English classes and signed up for our Entrepreneurship program. While enrolled in the program, he interviewed and was hired at Baker Hughes in Houston doing the same job he had in Venezuela. Francisco shared that the interviewer told him that if he didn’t have strong English skills, Baker Hughes would not have been able to hire him.

With his new job, Francisco wants to move into an apartment in Pearland so that he can enroll his son into a better school. Then he wants to look for a house after a few years. Last he plans to continue studying at the Adult Education Center to further increase his English language skills.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ADULT READING CENTER INC dba ADULT EDUCATION CENTER

Board of directors
as of 11/5/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Seth Thompson

AG/CM Inc.

Term: 2015 - 2021

Jennifer Baty

Memorial Hermann

Melissa Black

Pearland Economic Development Corporation

Natasha Charles

Big Frog Pearland

Dena Hanks

Hanks Design Group

Kevin Murphy

Triad Retail Construction

Yehia Omar

Bray International, Inc.

Mayor Tom Reid

Desiree Sauceman

Big Star Ford Big Star Honda

Jacob Williamson

Frost Bank

Julie Garza

Capital Bank

Michele Adams

Community Volunteer

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes