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Partner Perspective: Q&A with Kalamazoo
Literacy Council's Michael Evans

Michael D. Evans

Michael D. Evans is Executive Director of the Kalamazoo Literacy Council and convener of The Learning Network of Greater Kalamazoo's Adult Learning Action Network.

What is the goal of the Kalamazoo LIteracy Council?

The Kalamazoo Literacy Council is a nonprofit organization committed to enhancing the lives of adults by improving their reading, writing, spelling and comprehension skills. The KLC is the only organization in Kalamazoo County with the exclusive purpose of providing free basic literacy instruction to adults.

What is the focus of the Adult Literacy Collaborative in Kalamazoo County?

The Adult Literacy Collaborative is a group of nearly 20 agencies and community organizations that meets monthly to determine adult literacy priorities, identify and expand resources, and align services and programs in the county.

How do the LIteracy Council and the Collaborative fit into the work of the Adult learning action network?

The common goal of serving more struggling adult readers in the community is consistent with the mission of the KLC. By engaging with The Learning Network, this work is greatly enhanced by bringing more partners and community resources to join the ALC’s efforts. We want ninth grade reading proficiency for all adults in Kalamazoo County.

Your action network is launching an effort for adults to complete their GED.

After December 2013, students will no longer be able to take the “paper and pencil” GED test. The Adult Learning Action Network has the goal of informing the community about the need for adult learners to complete the GED before the end of the year and providing information on where to go for classes, tutoring and support to take the GED and to prepare for the new test.