The Rapidian

Literacy Center Says Transportation Is a Major Barrier to Literacy

This dispatch was added by one of our Nonprofit Neighbors. It does not represent the editorial voice of The Rapidian or Community Media Center.

Learners Struggle to Attend Classes and Tutoring Sessions
Underwriting support from:

What does literacy mean?

 Literacy is the ability to read, write, compute, and use technology at a level that enables an individual to reach his or her full potential as a parent, employee, and community member.

The Literacy Center of West Michigan says that transportation has been a major issue for some of their adult learners.  Some learners are unable to attend the Literacy Center’s programs because of transportation issues, consequently forfeiting their opportunity to improve their reading and language skills.  The Literacy Center’s classes, trainings, and tutoring sessions are offered at the Literacy Center and various public locations around the city. 


“The cost and accessibility of transportation has been an issue for many of our student learners.  We do our very best  to try to accommodate them by meeting in locations close to their home but sometimes that just isn’t enough,” states Kenneth Buck-Williams, Education & Training Specialist for the Literacy Center.


Illiteracy is still a relevant issue that continues to leave millions of people each year in a state of poverty.  In the US, 30 million people over age 16, 14 percent of the country’s adult population, doesn’t read well enough to understand a newspaper story written at the eighth grade level or fill out a job application (ProLiteracy, 2008).   

The Rapidian, a program of the 501(c)3 nonprofit Community Media Center, relies on the community’s support to help cover the cost of training reporters and publishing content.

We need your help.

If each of our readers and content creators who values this community platform help support its creation and maintenance, The Rapidian can continue to educate and facilitate a conversation around issues for years to come.

Please support The Rapidian and make a contribution today.

Comments, like all content, are held to The Rapidian standards of civility and open identity as outlined in our Terms of Use and Values Statement. We reserve the right to remove any content that does not hold to these standards.