United Way Strategic Partner ~ Literacy New Jersey, Prepares Students for Self-Sufficiency From GED to a College Degree

United Way of Greater Union County (UWGUC) supports initiatives that have impact in the areas of education and income for adults so they may succeed in obtaining employment and financial security for themselves and their families.  A UWGUC strategic partner that works in the area of adult education is Literacy New Jersey.  
Unfortunately, when a person lacks the appropriate literacy skills that lead to success, quality of life is severely affected.  Knowing how to read is the foundation for financial security. Literacy is the basis for people navigating their way through society from performing the task of filling out a job application to reading the directions for taking medication.  According to Literacy New Jersey, almost 1 million adults in New Jersey do not have a high school diploma and high school drop-outs with jobs earn an average annual salary of $19,000 - that’s $7,000 less than their classmates who successfully complete their high school education.¹ 
Read about a few of many Literacy New Jersey Success Stories:

A year ago in September Ethel enrolled in Literacy New Jersey with the intention to get her GED. The mother of two school-aged children, Ethel was highly motivated and conscientious about getting a better job to support her family.  Last December, Ethel passed the GED exam and has since started attending classes part-time at Union County College, where she is studying nursing.  Ethel continues to work with a volunteer tutor to improve her math skills so that she might be successful at the college level. 

At 49 years old, Janet was looking to improve her life, having moved to the United States from Jamaica. Her goal was to pass the GED so she could get a job. For four months Janet worked with volunteer tutors to improve her test skills, and in December 2013 she passed the test.  Janet is also attending Union County College working toward a Nursing Aide Certification.


¹https: //literacynj.org/files/reportspublications/literacynjfactsheet.pdf