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Adult Education & Literacy
The Literacy Council provides education and literacy services for adults who lack a high school diploma or need to improve their skills in reading, writing, and mathematics.  Services are available in DeRidder, Grand Lake, Jennings, Lake Charles, and Sulphur.

For more information about the program or to enroll, contact a site near you:

  • DeRidder – 337-348-4712 /
  • Grand Lake – 337-598-5334 /
  • Lake Charles / Sulphur – 337.494.7000 /
  • Jennings – 337-824-4811 ext. 4658 /

For additional information, call 1-888-LIT-SWLA or email

CPPJ Scholarship
The Literacy Council, in cooperation with the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, provides need-based scholarships to support adult education students as they transition into post-secondary education and training programs.

Qualifying students may receive financial assistance with HiSET exam fees; tuition and related expenses; and instructional supplies.

Current enrollment in the Literacy Council’s Adult Education program is a prerequisite for consideration.

For additional information, contact Falencia Ezendu or Ashley Bridges.

Five for Six
The Literacy Council partners with SOWELA Technical Community College to provide adult education and literacy services in Jennings and Lake Charles.  Through that partnership, SOWELA makes a scholarship available for adult education students who qualify to co-enroll in adult education classes and college level courses.

For more information about co-enrollment and the Five for Six scholarship opportunity, contact Jennifer Couvillion.

Literacy Foundations
The Literacy Council is committed to supporting a strong, literate community.  A very important component of this effort is providing education and support to families with children.

The Literacy Council has partnered with eleven community schools and organizations to provide free literacy workshops for parents and books to build home libraries.

For more information about this program, contact Katrise Reado.

Ready to Work
Students ages 18 – 24 have an opportunity to work with our Ready To Work Coordinator to prepare for careers and college.  Weekly instruction focused on job readiness and post-secondary success is provided to students either face-to-face or via online conference.  Topics covered during the program include:

  • Digital Literacy
  • Completing Applications
  • Professional Dress
  • Interview Skills
  • On The Job Performance
  • Employment Documents

To learn more about this program, contact Ashley Bullard.


The Literacy Council has expanded its program services to included coordinated Community Education instruction.  The topics covered via Community Education workshops include Financial Literacy, Time Management, Computer Skills, Customer Service, and more.

This program also provides an opportunity for adults who do not live close to our instructional sites to improve their basic academic skills or grow their career readiness skills.

Participants must be 18 years are older.

A placement test may be required.

Contact Iesha Rubin for additional details.

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Thanks to the generous donation of Capital One, the Literacy Council was able to pilot the VELOCITY program with J.D. Clifton Elementary School.  Over $50,000 was spent to develop an on-site adult education and testing center including computer kiosks, new furnishings, and instructional resources.

Though the initial project ended, the Literacy Council recognized the importance of bringing services to under-served communities.  The model initiated with Capital One’s support has been extended to serve several satellite sites and online adult education instruction.

Interested in becoming a VELOCITY Partner Program?  Email for details.

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