This week the Illinois State Library spotlights Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) in Springfield.
Arriving from the Democratic Republic of Congo, a mother of five children who knew some basic English enrolled in the English as a Second Language (ESL) class. In just a few months her English improved considerably and she was able to obtain a job and support her family. To earn more money, she took a higher paying job on the night shift, and attends her ESL class in the morning.
She knows the importance of continuing to learn and has passed that belief on to her children. Her eldest daughter just graduated from high school and is planning to attend LLCC. She attended the ESL class with her mother and after improving her English was able to obtain a job. The other children are also doing well in school. This family has benefited enormously from an outstanding literacy program.