The goal of the Adult Literacy Center is to improve literacy, resulting in enhanced self-esteem, daily living, and life-long learning. Utilizing volunteers, the DUALC improves the quality of adults' lives by helping them learn to read, write and comprehend.
The Adult Literacy Center has been part of the Drake University School of Education since 1976. The Center is staffed by volunteers from the Drake and greater Des Moines communities who are dedicated to literacy and community outreach.
Imagine a life without reading. Literacy Center students have these experiences:
"I know I can learn. I’ve never been given the chance."
"I cannot read street signs or maps. I want to pass a driving test."
"I read so slow, I get frustrated."
"I am not sure if I have read my medicine instructions correctly."
"If I could read and write, I could do anything."
Adult Literacy Center
School of Education
3206 University Avenue
Des Moines Iowa, IA 50311
Anne Murr, Coordinator
Persons served by the Literacy Center represent a cross-section of ethnicity and come mainly from lower income brackets. Reading skills range from pre-reading to approximately fourth grade.