At the Literacy Council of Reading-Berks’s 55th Anniversary Breakfast, “Turning Dreams into Reality,” on Friday, June 9, 2023, Scott Major, Berks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU) Chief Information Officer (CIO), was honored as a “Leader for Literacy.” Major was selected as the fourth recipient of the award, which is presented to an individual or organization supporting and contributing to the mission of the Literacy Council of Reading-Berks to help people better communicate, collaborate, and contribute to their workplaces and community.
According to the Literacy Council, Major assisted the organization in creating a technology plan to support and extend the Council’s strategic planning efforts while recognizing the growing importance of technology in all areas of education and operations.
As a result of Major’s guidance, the Council completed the following: Expanded technology network capabilities; Implemented new donor management software; and Improved computer-aided instruction which included upgraded Internet security and interactive panels in classrooms.
In a welcome message from the Board of Directors, Dr. Anna Weitz, President, Board of Directors for the Literacy Council of Reading-Berks, shared, “Today we are honoring a champion of our programs, Scott Major, Chief Information Officer at the Berks County Intermediate Unit. He led us through a technology upgrade that is having a direct impact on the number of individuals we can serve and the quality of our programs. His advice went beyond offering technical assistance; his enthusiastic interaction with staff and students during this process demonstrated his genuine commitment to helping the Literacy Council provide the best learning experience possible.”
With over 200 people in attendance, the 55th Anniversary Breakfast was the Literacy Council of Reading-Berks’s premiere fundraising event. During the breakfast, the past 55 years of the Literacy Council’s work were highlighted by student and graduate speakers, telling their heartfelt stories and how the program has impacted their personal and professional lives.
Ryan Breisch, Executive Director of the Literacy County of Reading-Berks, shared, “Scott Major exemplifies what it means to “Turn Dreams into Reality.” The Literacy Council is extremely grateful to Scott and the BCIU for helping us transform our classrooms into state-of-the-art learning facilities.”
When presented with the Leader for Literacy Award, Major said, “The staff at the Literacy Council of Reading-Berks is nothing short of phenomenal. When we did an analysis of the [technology] problems the Literacy Council was trying to solve and how it ties back to their mission, the group was totally engaged. You could feel the passion from the start which helped the process of prioritizing and putting together a technology plan and road map. The three things that any of us can give are time, talent, and treasure, and I saw all three of those come through during the process. It has been nothing short of a pleasure working with the Literacy Council, and I look forward to staying engaged with Ryan Breisch and his team.”