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Monterey Park Literacy Program Receives Increased Funding

After being recognized as having one of the most successful adult education programs, funding for a Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library literacy program to help students master the English language and pass the citizenship exam, will nearly double thanks to an increase in funds it receives through the U.S. Department of Education Workforce Investment Act (WIA II).

Revenues for the Literacy for All of Monterey Park (LAMP) Program, will increase from $47,518 to $85,279 for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

Through LAMP, both children and adult students are taught English in classes ranging from beginning literacy to Advance English Conversation. Students currently pay $20 per class per semester, which begin in August and January.

Jose Garcia, acting senior clerk at the library, told EGP the increase in the funds is due to the significant academic improvements by ESL and citizenship students, based on testing administered in the beginning and at the end of the semester.

The funds obtained through the Department of Education will be used to buy materials for the class, including books, which are provided to students at no cost, said Garcia.

The LAMP program has 13 English as a Second Language (ESL) volunteer instructors who teach Sundays through Thursdays. Last year alone, over 1,400 students were taught Basic English and reading skills that made it possible for them to pass the test required to become U.S. citizens. Since the program began in 1984, it has helped 1,500 adults become U.S. citizens.

The Bruggemeyer Library is Monterey Park’s public library located at 318 S. Ramona Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91754. For more information about the program, call (626)307-1333.