New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 8, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Herakj-Za/fung, New Braunfels, Texas Thursday, August 8, 1991 Page 5SMLA joining in war on functional illiteracy
SAN MARCOS — The war on functional illiteracy in San Marcos is getting additional ammunition with the creation of San Marcos Literacy Action, a non-profit community-based organization sponsored by the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce which will served as a clearinghouse for existing literacy programs in addition to creating new programs to serve needs not currently addressed.
SMLA is the result of research conducted by a literacy task force, appointed by the chamber 18 months ago, that concluded there was a need to promote adult literacy in the San Marcos community.
Among the task force findings were the following statistics:
• 77 percent of San Marcos business surveyed noted deficiencies in basic reading, writing, mathematics, and problem solving among employees and job applicants;
• 47 percent of San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District parents do not have high school diplomas; and
• 46 percent of adults in the San Marcos area over the age of 25 do not have high school diplomas; and
• 33 percent of the San Marcos population come from Spanish speaking homes.
Although the task force recognized several separate initiatives to overcome illiteracy in San Marcos, it concluded that a community-based organization could enhance interagency communication, improve service delivery and raise needed funds.
The mission of SMLA is to help adult and their families achieve a level
of English literacy sufficient to enable them:
• to enroll in employment training programs, gain meaningful employment, experience career advancement and contribute to the economic development of San Marcos;
• to provide positive and literate role models for their children, participate in their children’s education and encourage lifelong learning; and
• to participate more Silly in the social, cultural and political institutions of our community and nation.
In order to accomplish this mission, SMLA has recruited a board of directors who will work to expand current literacy efforts and initiate new ones through the establishment of a public/ private sector partnership.
SMLA officers include Jonathan Engel, president, director of the Workforce Instructional Network at Southwest Texas State University; John Wooley, vice president, director, Ten County Adult Education Co-op at SWT; Corina Jaimes, secretary, administrator of Headstall for Community Action, Inc. of Hays, Caldwell and Blanco Counties; and Stephanie Langenkamp, director of the San Marcos Public Library.
Board members include Mary Livers, education director at Gary Job Corps; David McCall, director of Public Services at the San Marcos Telephone Company; Bill Moore, director of Public Affairs at SWT; Maria Rios, GED graduate; and the Rev. Patricia Spearman, pastor, Jackson Chapel, United Methodist Church.
Membership in SMLA is open to
anyone who can make a contribution to promoting literacy in San Marcos. Contributions include learning and/or teaching in an adult education, English as a second language, GED preparation, family literacy, or workplace literacy program; providing support services to such programs and their participants; and/or donating time, money, equipment or supplies.
Current SMLA programs include the San Marcos Public Library Adult Education project; Project PLUS (Parents Learning for Us), Chapul-
tepec Apartments; ROOTS (Rearing Our Own To Succeed), Jackson Chapel; and the SWT Physical Plant Workplace Literacy Project.
Current SMLA partnerships include:
• Workplace Instructional Network — The Center for Initiatives in Education at SWT, the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce have formed this partnership to deliver
workplace literacy services to workers in San Marcos.
• JOBS (Job Opportunities and Basic Skills) — The Ten County Adult Education Co-op, the Texas Department of Human Services, Community Action, the Rural Capital Area Private Industry Council and the San Marcos Public Library have joined together to provide educational services to AFDC recipients so that they may develop the skills and confidence to become independent of
• Project PLUS: The Ten County Adult Education Co-op, the San Marcos Public Library, the Housing Authority of San Marcos and the Heads tart program of Community Action all contribute in this partnership to meet the educational needs of Headstall families and residing in the Chapultepec Apartments.
For more information about SMLA, contact Jonathan Engel at 245-8142 or 245-2438.
Literacy group seeking donations for GED gifts
SAN MARCOS — San Marcos Literacy Action (SMLA), a newly formed non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating functional illiteracy in San Marcos, is seeking donations to purchase U.S. savings bonds to be awarded to deserving GED graduates during ceremonies August 16 at the Dunbar Recreation Center.
The commencement ceremony and reception is the first SMLA-sponsored event and is open to anyone who has passed the GED and would like to be recognized for their accomplishments.
SMLA was created as a recommendation from a literacy task force, formed by the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce 18 months ago. Despite existing literacy programs, the task force identified a need for a community-based organization that
could serve as a clearinghouse for all such programs in the San Marcos Area.
SMLA programs and partnerships include the San Marcos Public Library Adult Education Project, Project PLUS, ROOTS SWT Physical Plant Workplace Literacy Project, Workforce Instructional Network and JOBS.
Membership in SMLA is open to anyone who can make a contribution (either as a student or an educator and/ or by donating time, money, equipment or supplies) in promoting literacy in San Marcos.
If you are interested in donating money for U.S. savings bonds, participating in the graduation ceremony or need more information about SMLA, contact Jonathan Engel, SMLA president at 245-8142.
New Braunfels I.S.D. Saturday Aug. 10th
VOTE for LEADERSHIP, INTEGRITY, AND ACCOUNTABILITY
Paid for by Bob Self
On April 9,1991, Southwestern Bell Telephone Company (lied an application with the Public Utility Commission of Texas to request that the optional feature "Call Transfer Disconnect* be available to all PLEXARI customers by Including the feature In Southwestern Bell's PLEXAR I tariff Currently, this optional feature Is available only on a customer requested basis.
Call Transfer Disconnect (CTD) Is an optional feature that allows PLEXAR I customers the ability to transfer a call to another telephone number within or outside their PLEXAR I system, hang up, and permit the two remaining parties to continue with the cull. The PLEXAR I user Is then free to place or accept another call. CTD Is not Intended to be used to avoid toll charges. Therefore, CTD will not be available to PLEXAR I customers subscribing to optional Extended Metropolitan Service or Extended Area Calling Service.
If the company's application Is approved, the monthly rate for CTD will be $4.00 for each PI.EXAR I station line. Prior to the June 19,1991, Interim rate approval, Southwestern Bell was billing customers who receive the service $1.50 for each station line equipped with this feature, in addition, under Southwestern Bell's proposed tariff, every line within the PLEXAR I system must be equipped with this feature. The nonrecurring charge for the additional lines which must be equipped with CH) will be waived for existing CTD customers. The tariffed monthly rate will apply to all existing and future CT!) customers.
Persons who wish to Intervene or otherwise participate In these proceedings should notify the commission as soon as possible. A request lo Intervene, participate, or for further Information should be malled lo the Public Utility Commission of Texas, 7800 Shoal Creek Boulevard, Suite 400N, Austin, Texas 78757. Further Information may also be obtained by calling the Public Utility Commission Consumer Affairs Division at (512) 458-0256, or (512) 458 0221, teletypewriter for the deaf.
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