So.....What is CLCP? In 1990, under the leadership of Gov. Zell Miller, the state launched the Certified Literate Community Program (CLCP) as a means of combating the problems of low literacy. The new program was placed under the Office of Adult Education at the Technical College System of Georgia. Statistics on literacy in Georgia indicate that fully one-third of adults in the state have difficulty with the English language, limiting both their employment opportunities and their quality of life.
CLCP takes a local, grass roots view of literacy problems, rather than conforming to rigid, state-set rules. Eighty-six counties and two cities have been certified by the Technical College System of Georgia State Board as CLCPs. Each one is a nonprofit community collaborative that raises the visibility of literacy in its community and supports local organizations that provide specific literacy services.
Services may include preparing students for the GED Test, working with non-English speakers to improve language skills, and assisting any who are struggling with low literacy. This flexible, community-based approach gives each CLCP a unique organization and set of connections. All are governed by volunteer boards and a paid executive director. Funding sources vary and include individual donations, fund-raisers such as spelling bees and charity auctions, grants-both government and private, and corporate contributions including in-kind contributions.
To qualify as a participant in the program, a community must set the goal of reducing its functional illiteracy rate by 50 percent within 10 years. The specific numbers for each community are established based on data from a variety of sources. When a CLCP reaches its stated goal, it may apply for certification as a Certified Literate Community.
Contact Literacy Alliance for more information 706-748-2610