Ozark Literacy Council is hiring a part time administrative assistant

Ozark Literacy Council is hiring a part time administrative assistant

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Job Posting: Administrative Assistant Reports to: Program Director Specific Responsibilities: Support and uphold the mission of Ozark Literacy Council General administrative tasks include answering and directing phone calls and emails, processing mail, and maintaining physical order of the office Daily face to face, telephone, and email communication with adult learners and volunteer tutors Data entry in state database Assist in generating reports Provide support to instructors, tutors, and OLC staff members Assist in execution of OLC special events Maintain confidentiality of OLC’s clientele Additional duties as assigned by the Program Director and Executive Director Required qualifications: Must have strong written and oral communication skills in English Must have ability to work in flexible environment while maintaining a friendly and welcoming atmosphere Must be proficient in basic Microsoft Office software Must be highly organized and excellent at multi-tasking in a fast paced atmosphere High School Diploma or equivalent Preferred Qualifications: Fluency

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AmeriCorps Service position available with Ozark Literacy Council

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Do you want to make a difference in Washington County and receive money for you or your child or grandchild to go to college or pay back student loans? AmeriCorps is offering a service position with Ozark Literacy Council to help adults improve their English literacy skills Perks: A full year of service to your community Teaching experience Bi-Monthly stipend Education Award A living allowance of $6442 per year paid twice-a-month, and a $2887.50 education award upon successful completion of 900 hours of service are offered through the program. Individuals 55 and older can pass on their education award, which can be used to pay for college and books, to pay back student loans, and for qualified continuing education, to a child or grandchild. Give Ozark Literacy Council and AmeriCorps your time, and make a difference in people’s lives! Visit us at 2596 Keystone Crossing Fayetteville, AR 72703 Or email

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Nominations welcomed for the 2016 Barbara Broyles Champion for Literacy Award

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Ozark Literacy Council invites nominations for the 2016 Barbara Broyles Champion for Literacy Award. The award recipient will be recognized at OLC’s Mask-a-Read Gala on October 20, 2016 at the Fayetteville Town Center from 6-9pm. The award was created in 2014 to recognize an outstanding commitment to adult literacy. It is presented annually as a memorial to longtime OLC supporter and advocate Barbara Broyles. Past recipients include Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan (2014) and Dr. Steven Smith (2015). Deadline to submit nomination: Friday, September 16, 2016 2016 BARBARA BROYLES CHAMPION FOR LITERACY AWARD  NOMINATION FORM Please submit this form to Margot Lemaster, Executive Director of Ozark Literacy Council by September 16, 2016 at margot@ozarkliteracy.org or mailing to or dropping off to 2596 North Keystone Crossing, Fayetteville, AR  72703 Name of Nominee: Nominee Contact Information (if available): Nominee Job Title and/or Professional Title: Please provide biographical information and accomplishments of the nominee that support your nomination of this

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OLC Hosts Laubach Way to Reading Tutor Training

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On August 2, 2016, Ozark Literacy Council hosted an all day tutor training workshop led by Arkansas Literacy Councils Training Director Heather Powell. More than 20 volunteers attended who tutor at Ozark Literacy Council, Dogwood Literacy Council (Siloam Springs), Franklin Logan Literacy Council (Ozark), and Western Arkansas Literacy Council (Fort Smith). Ozark Literacy Council was founded in 1964 using the Laubach method. This time tested method has taught millions of adults how to read around the world. Thank you Heather and Arkansas Literacy Councils for your support!

Student Success Story: Irma Gonzalez

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Written by Irma’s teacher, Brandi Fernandez Irma Gonzalez was orphaned at the age of eight. She had to drop out of school in the second grade to help provide for her siblings. She arrived in the United States 20 years ago, and did not have the ability to read or write in her native language of Spanish. I started teaching Irma in April 2016 through our pilot program at Tyson. When I met her, she didn’t know how to say a single word in English, we were only able to communicate through my little bit of Spanish, and Google translate. She came to class prepared with a few sheets of paper and a pocket dictionary that has survived floods and fires, and only has a fraction of the pages left. She didn’t know what the words in the dictionary said, but she has been studying them since she was a

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