Thousands of Montgomery County Residents in Need of English Language Training

More than 80,000 adults in Montgomery County lack the English skills to be self-sufficient, according to officials from the Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL).

mcaelMCAEL, a nonprofit organization that provides literacy service programs, is highlighting the need for English education in Montgomery County during Adult Education and Family Literacy Week from Sept. 21 to 26.

According to a news release, MCAEL is teaming up with two restaurants, California Tortilla and Ben & Jerry’s at 199 East Montgomery Avenue in Rockville, to raise funds to help adult learning programs. On Sept. 24, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., a percentage of each of these restaurants’ proceeds will be donated to MCAEL.

“English literacy is the foundation for our community’s economic and social prosperity. Adults with greater literacy skills can earn more, better support their children’s education and participate in civic life. As a result, we all benefit from greater tax contributions, a more educated population, and a more connected community,” said Kathy Stevens, executive director of MCAEL.

Since 2008, MCAEL has helped 17 organizations that represent 22 programs and have served approximately 15,000 adult English language learners.

“Our learners have a great sense of achievement, often becoming citizens or getting better jobs. Along the way, they often develop wonderful relationships with our instructors, who are gratified to see the progress of our neighbors across Montgomery County.” Stevens said.

For more information about volunteering or finding English language learning opportunities, click here.

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Aline Barros

About Aline Barros

Aline Barros is a multimedia reporter and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at and on Twitter at @AlineBarros2.


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