LCAC’s Bridging the Gap program seeks to live out our more than 44-year motto, “a hand up, not a hand out." Bridging the Gap provides a variety of services that seek to address literacy across the age spectrum and employment-related issues which prevent immigrant and native-born households from becoming self-sufficient. All components of LCAC’s Bridging the Gap program are existing opportunities offered at LCAC. English as a Second Language (ESL); summer and school break programs for area children; the Back2School outreach; adult introductory computer classes; and the drop-in resume program are all components of the Bridging the Gap program. Addressing a variety of literacy and educational issues for households, through education and opportunity, allows adults and children to experience literacy advancement.
Beginner courses are offered throughout the year & are designed to teach the foundation skills adult English language learners (ELLs) need to learn to speak, understand, read, and write English. The curriculum focuses on American culture and life skills important to the workplace, community, and family, which includes an introduction to technology through blended learning. Intermediate courses are also available to those who place out of the beginner program.