Literacyworks Center in Petaluma helps low-income students build confidence

16 March 2023

When Leticia Garcia Arango started classes at both Santa Rosa Junior College’s campus in 2016, she had little direction.

“I didn’t have a major. I didn’t know what I was doing,” the 24-year-old Petaluma resident said. “I wanted to go to a four-year college, but I just didn’t know how it worked.”

That all changed two years later when she became a client of the Literacyworks Center.

Registered with the California Department of Education as a professional development center, the Literacyworks Center has provided support for adult education since 1995. Established in partnership with SRJC on the Petaluma campus in 2015, the center offers personal and financial assistance to underserved adult learners to help them identify and achieve their educational goals. Of the 110 or so students the program accepts each semester, 90% are Latino.

Garcia Arango, who attended Casa Grande High School, entered SRJC as an ESL (English as a Second Language) learner because she tested below the college-ready level in English.

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