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It’s Never Too Late to Learn!

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

Did you know that The Literacy and Learning Center offers free individual tutoring for adults? Lifelong learners and those interested in advancing any area of their education can create a schedule that best suits their daily routines. Our generous volunteers are here to help you gain new forms of knowledge!

Volunteer teacher and student being sworn in as a citizen of the USA after successfully completing her citizenship test thanks to the help of her teacher

Secondary education in the U.S. ends at age eighteen, well before the brain is fully-formed and long before most people fully understand their life goals and direction. Whether you are motivated to improve basic literacy, build skills for a new job, or simply learn for the love of learning, TL&LC will work to pair you with a volunteer who matches those desired skills.

A recent success story is that of student Violeta Rojas Quintero working with volunteer Faviola Olvera in preparation for the U.S. naturalization test. The two began last August and met one to two times a week leading up to the test in March, studying the one hundred history and government questions provided by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Topics they studied also included American government (principles of American democracy, the system of government, American history (the colonial period and independence, and the 1800s), and integrated civics (geography, symbols, and holidays).

For Quintero, of those one hundred questions, test-takers are asked up to ten questions and must correctly answer six to pass. The final portion of the citizenship test covers proficiency in reading and writing. Civics content is presented in three written sentences, which the test-taker must read aloud correctly. Similarly, one of three civics-based sentences must be correctly written to pass. Faviola shared, “We worked together reviewing the material and practicing pronunciation, and Violeta studied hard at home. Needless to say, the hard work paid off, as she passed her exam on the first try with no errors. I have never had a student work so diligently and stay so focused, despite having a job and several children to care for. I’m very proud of her hard work!” Violeta was sworn in as a U.S. citizen on April 20.

For help with your next learning pursuit or to provide help for someone else, contact Caroline Cox,, or 828-526-0863 at The Literacy & Learning Center.



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