April 18, 2011
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Workforce Development
HBI Partnering With ProLiteracy to Launch National Adult Literacy Conference

The Home Builders Institute (HBI), the workforce development arm of NAHB, is partnering with ProLiteracy and 21 other regional and national organizations representing business, safety, volunteers and workforce development to launch the first U.S. Conference on Adult Literacy (USCAL) on Nov. 2-5 in Houston.

“The residential construction industry offers myriad career opportunities to individuals with strong literacy, math and English language skills,” said Steve Kramer, vice president of HBI’s Residential Construction Academy.

“Our commitment to the conference is to discuss and assist in pioneering solutions to improve literacy rates in the U.S.,” Kramer said, “so that many can choose and chart a career path toward greater personal and professional reward.”

David C. Harvey, the president and CEO of ProLiteracy, said that the conference is addressing a “national crisis” in which only a fraction of the 30 million adults in need of basic reading, math and English language skills are being reached because of “drastically underfunded and severely limited” state and federal efforts.

“By working together, we can create more urgency and innovation in the field — something that is needed now more than ever in a down economy,” Harvey said.

In addition to hearing from prominent speakers, USCAL attendees will participate in professional development, advocacy work and literacy training.

Partners from fields such as consumer safety, job development and English as a Second Language will be helping local organizations use available educational and social service resources to meet the growing demand for adult literacy education.

Conference offerings include:

  • Creating successful collaborations to expand and improve services
  • Advocacy for adult literacy in communities, libraries, corrections and workforce development programs
  • Supporting adult learners as leaders and transitioning them to the workplace and post-secondary education
  • Using technology to enhance learning and digital literacy
  • Managing literacy programs in difficult economic times
  • Recognizing literacy as a human right and the connections between literacy, social justice and social change
  • Examining literacy in a global context

For more information on submitting proposals for sessions and on exhibiting and registering, go to www.uscal.org.

For additional information about HBI, email Laura Phillips Garner, or call her at 800-368-5242 x8936.

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