Literacy Council of Reading-Berks students receive state awards

Two Literacy Council of Reading-Berks students received State awards at the Pennsylvania Association for Adult Continuing Education Conference in Harrisburg on Monday, May 16, 2022.

Leroy “Lee” Cruz received the first-ever “Student Alumni of the Year Award” for his work in helping others obtain a high school diploma and assisting others in enrolling in English-language programs.

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Cruz received his high school diploma ten years ago as a result of taking classes at the Literacy Council of Reading-Berks.

Today, he serves as a Program Director/Case Manager for the YMCA of Reading-Berks. He is also the author of Transformation: How to Get Your 180 Degrees, which discusses his long-term recovery from substance and alcohol abuse. Cruz also served as a keynote speaker at the Conference.

Hector Ucles Lopez received a “Student of the Year Award” for passing all four GED exams on his first attempt, after attending classes at the Literacy Council for 24 weeks.

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Hector now has more confidence in himself and has improved his English and educational skills. Hector is self-employed as a remodeler and wants to continue his education and become an electrician to be better able to provide for his family.

“Lee and Hector are the epitome of Literacy Council students. They represent just two of the thousands of similar stories of our clients who attend our programs to make their lives better,” said Ryan A. Breisch, Executive Director of the Council.

The Literacy Council serves two audiences, adults, and business, and offers classes, workshops, one-on-one tutoring, and off-site training.

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