LCOT Awarded “Best In Class”
Texas Workforce Commission Recognizes Leaders in Adult Education
December 9, 2019 (TYLER, TX) – During the 23rd Annual Texas Workforce Conference, which was co-hosted by The Texas Chapter of The International Association of Workforce Professionals and held in Grapevine, Texas, on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, The Texas Workforce Commission recognized Literacy Council of Tyler (LCOT) in two award categories.
LCOT took highest honors and was awarded “Best in Class” for its 2018-2019 overall program performance. Literacy Council of Tyler also took home 2nd Place overall in the “Employee Partnership” category for its on-site English as Second Language programs offered at John Soules Foods and Jasper Ventures, Inc.
Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is the state agency charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers of Texas. TWC is the chief funding agency for LCOT and 35 other Adult Education Programs across the state of Texas. In addition to funding these programs, TWC also provides oversight, enforces stringent guidelines and requirements, and audits its funding recipients on an annual basis.
“We are proud to be considered among the best Adult Education providers in the state of Texas, and I am especially proud of the staff and volunteers, whose dedicated service has not only made this honor possible, but has also changed the lives of thousands of men and women in Smith County,” said Nancy Crawford, LCOT Executive Director.
“Our donors, whether they are individuals, businesses, or foundations, all play the critical role in our success as an organization; we could not maintain such excellent practice and produce such outstanding results without the financial support our donors provide. It is simply not possible,” she said.
In 2018-2019, Literacy Council of Tyler exceeded TWC’s measurement standards in every single category with only one exception. “We are so grateful to receive this recognition, and we must pass our gratitude on to the donors, volunteers, teachers and students whose hard work and generosity is the very backbone of our organization,” Nancy said.
LCOT was established in 1990 to provide literacy services to adults in the East Texas area, with 30 students in the program that first year. Now, LCOT enrolls about 2,000 adult students annually, utilizing over 300 volunteers. In partnership with Tyler Junior College and numerous other entities, LCOT provides GED preparation, English as a Second Language instruction, academic advising, basic literacy instruction and workplace literacy instruction for local businesses and industry. Located in the RTDC on TJC’s west campus, LCOT continues to serve adults in Tyler and the surrounding area with free public education.