Today, the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy received a $10,000 grant from the Lincoln Financial Foundation in support of The Commission’s path-breaking adult education program, myPLACEsm. myPLACEsm, which stands for Philadelphia Literacy and Adult Career Education, leverages the power of technology to accelerate adult learning in a centralized, citywide system. The Commission established three myPLACEsm campuses that offer registration, assessment, enrollment, and case management support for adult job-seekers. Thirty literacy organizations have partnered with The Commission to deliver face-to-face classes in adult basic education (ABE), English as a Second Language (ESL), and GED® preparation.
myPLACEsm Online offers the nation’s first completely online, cohort-based classes in reading, writing, and math for low-literate adults. myPLACEsm online learners improve their computer skills while learning basic education. All learners who read above a third-grade level are enrolled in their first online course, Introduction to Adult Learning and Careers, in which learners plan their careers, create a professional résumé, and acquire adult study and digital skills. To date, nearly 5,000 learners have successfully completed this course.
The Lincoln Financial Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Lincoln Financial Group, believes that strong economies begin with strong communities. This grant is part of Lincoln Financial’s $10 million in charitable contributions to support education, human services, arts, and economic/workforce development programs in key cities across the country where the company has a strong business presence.