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Who We Are

A growing non-profit
serving hundreds of students a year.

The need for this organization is as strong today as it was when the council was founded more than 45 years ago by concerned citizens in Florence County. We strive daily to follow our mission of providing quality instruction to those in need, with the ultimate goal of improved self-esteem and self-sufficiency for all of our adult learners.

Our Mission

The mission of the Florence Area Literacy Council is to provide One-on-One adult literacy instruction, to build student capability and self-esteem through the use of trained volunteer tutors serving the greater Florence area.

Our Vision

The vision of the Florence Area Literacy Council is a population in Florence County where each adult is functionally literate.

Our Staff

Christina P. Lawson, Executive Director
Sissie Gripper, Office Manager/LACES Coordinator
Dianne Owens, Program Coordinator

What We Offer

Our Services

The Florence Area Literacy Council offers self-paced adult instruction that is tailored to fit the academic and scheduling needs of our adult learners.

  • One-on-One classes are available with tutors based on needs of students and availability of volunteers.

  • Registration Fee is $20 per year.

  • Call 843-667-1908 to make an appointment for registration.
English as a second language

Beginner, intermediate and advanced conversation tutoring is available for adults who want to learn to speak, write and communicate more effectively in English. Educational software is available in the computer lab to improve communication skills.

Adult basic education program provides instruction in the following areas:
  • Pre-GED

  • Reading

  • Writing

  • Spelling

  • Mathematics

A skills assessment is given and materials are assigned accordingly. Independent study, small group instruction and computer assisted instruction is offered 4 days a week. These sessions include Pre-GED preparation to help students reach their personal goals. Tutors are available and One-on-One instruction is provided during office hours and at additional times by appointment only.

Special Programs and Workshops
  • Workplace skills

  • Health Literacy

  • Financial Literacy

  • Parenting Skills

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