Adult Learning Center
129 West Fowlkes Street
Suite 143
Franklin TN 37064
English as Additional Language Class
Mission Statement
The Adult Learning Center changes the future by teaching adults in Williamson County how to read, write and speak English
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rita Dozier
Board Chair Mr. Randall Parks Robinson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bancorp South
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1986
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
 
 
Projected Expenses $117,543.00
Projected Annual Revenue $117,544.00 (2018)
Statements
Mission The Adult Learning Center changes the future by teaching adults in Williamson County how to read, write and speak English
Background

Since 1986, the Adult Learning Center has been changing the future by teaching adults in Williamson County how to read, write and speak English.

Children whose parents have low literacy levels have a 72% chance of being at the lowest reading levels themselves. They are more likely to get poor grades, display behavioral problems, have high absentee rates, repeat grades and drop out of school.

Impact
Past Year
1) Donated hundreds of paperback books to Williamson County Jail and directly supported GED/HiSet preparation for inmates with materials and  tutors. 
2)Worked with clients in areas ranging from English as an additional language,  Adult Basic Education (1st - 8th-grade level), High School Equivalency test preparation, to college entrance exam preparation.
3)Piloted a partnership with St. Philip Catholic Church to offer English as an Additional Language opportunities to adults while children were involved in enrichment activities
Current Year

1)  Established English as an Additional Language program at St. Philip Catholic. Adult Learning Center provides tutors and materials while St. Philip provides childcare.

2) Successfully sponsored and executed second annual Breakfast for Literacy hosting community leaders and activists to promote community awareness of the literacy needs of Williamson County adults and to solicit funds to continue adult learning programs.

3)Board of Directors ongoing commitment to refine and support strategic plan for organizational sustainability. (currently in progress)

4) Evaluation of existing programs to analyze value-add and ensure alignment with overall organization strategy (e.g., ESL, Adult Basic Education, GED tutoring and graduation, book clubs, special-needs reading programs, etc..) (currently in progress)

5) Establish and nurture new relationships critical to the advancement of Adult Learning Center fundraising efforts and in support of self-sustainability.

 
 
Needs
1) Additional income streams - fundraising, donations, pay-for-service, etc.. (~$50,000 per year increase at minimum)
2) Grant writing and Fundraising expertise on the Board or staff 
3) Expertise in Growth and Sustainability. ($TBD)
4) Board Skill Development ($TBD)
 
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer The Williamson County Literacy Council - Doing Business As -  The Adult Learning Center accepts donations via check, cash, credit cards, in-kind (e.g., volunteer opportunities, tangible/intangible items, etc...) and over the internet via PayPal and Network for Good on the Adult Learning Center website.  Volunteer activities may include tutoring, day-to-day operational activities or working various fundraising/Adult Learning Center events. 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Adult Education
Secondary Organization Category Education / Remedial Reading & Encouragement
Tertiary Organization Category Education /
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Williamson
We primarily serve residents of Williamson County, but also serve student clients from surrounding counties without regard to financial status or financial need.
Board Chair Statement

My name is Randall Robinson; I am the current Board President of the Adult Learning Center, formerly known as “The Literacy Council of Williamson County.” We are a United Way Partner Agency offering education skills to its underserved adults and families. According to census data, more than 10,000 adults in Williamson County lack a high school education. The Adult Learning Center, established in 1986 as the Literacy Council of Williamson County, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of adults in Williamson County through free programs that empower clients to develop reading, writing, conversation and math skills. Outreach programs include:

· One-on-one tutoring in math, language arts, English as a second language, and high school equivalency

· English as a second language conversation class

· Small group math and language arts training

· On-site education at the county jail

I agreed to take the position in 2013, mainly because I have a profound belief that all people should experience and have access to some level of literacy attainment in their lives. I believe it is imperative that we as a society need to educate and offer every citizen, no matter the circumstance of how they got to where they are today, the opportunity of literacy that provides a fundamental level of reading, writing and math skills. Yes, we live in Williamson County, which is the richest county, with the best school system in Tennessee, but people fall through the cracks no matter how comprehensive the system is. We have no intent nor cause to question them on how or why they cannot read or write, but only to help them in their goal to improve their lives and the lives of their families through increased levels of reading and writing. Simple tasks that most of us go through in our daily lives such as reading the newspaper, shopping or even reading to our young children is a daunting and impossible task for those who do not have basic levels of literacy. Think of how you would feel if your young child brought a book to you and said “read to me daddy or mommy” and you could not do it. It is devastating to adults and parents of young children who cannot read and write, and also a detriment to the young child’s hope of educational advancement. Statistics show that adults who read to their children give their children an enormous advantage of success in the early stages of childhood development. It is very evident in my children who were read too daily when they were small, so that’s why I and we do what we do.

As with most nonprofit organizations, we receive no local government funding or monetary support from the school system. Therefore, funding of our programs to carry out our mission is the primary task and challenge we as a Board of Directors have. With your monetary support and or volunteer hours, the Adult Learning Center can carry out its Mission: There are many ways you as a supporter can help us achieve our goals by participating in our annual events:

Annual Membership and Donor Drive (Become an annual supporter of the ALC)

Annual Breakfast for Literacy

Annual Author/ Author fundraising luncheon

United Ways “Big Payback” Online event

Volunteering as a tutor

In-Kind donations of books, materials and services needed

Our organization's success over the years has come in many ways and forms. From helping hundreds of individuals obtain their GED’s, to teaching English as a Second Language to citizens from other countries, or providing monetary assistance and GED training to inmates at the Williamson County Jail, they all entail filling a vital literacy need to our citizens of Williamson County that improve their lives. Our biggest challenge is the ability to fund these critical programs that help so many needy people. If you should decide to support us, we as a Board pledge that 100% of those funds will be applied to the delivery of our programs to our clients. Thanks for the support it will make a difference in someone’s life.

CEO Statement After 30 years with the Adult Learning Center, I believe the most important and unique part of our program is providing individualized service, discovering each person's needs, strengths, desires, and goals. Each student leaves our office with the knowledge that he/she has been heard and that we will try to enable and empower him/her to achieve his/her goals. A student's heartfelt words of appreciation, smile and the frequent hug are my motivation to keep doing what I do. Adult education is not just my job; it is my passion.
Programs
Description

The Adult Learning Center works with clients to increase their adult basic education skills, characterized as an academic level up to fifth grade.

· Needs of adult basic education students are best served through customized support in a one on one or small group setting, as currently provided by the Adult Learning Center tutors. Clients are matched with tutors whose skills and availability match individual client needs.

· Services include pre-testing, follow-up testing, progress assessments, and necessary materials, such as workbooks, magazines, test preparation materials, and supplies.

· Adult education services provided by partner agency, Workforce Essentials Adult Education (WEAE), begin at the fifth grade academic level. Adult Learning Center receives student referrals from WEAE  to prepare students who are not yet learning at the fifth grade level or who may require additional support to succeed above this level. Adult Learning Center also refers students to WEAE who would benefit from instruction in their program.

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Description

The Adult Learning Center provides support to adult clients who are working toward high school equivalency certification, as adopted by the State of Tennessee.

· Often high school equivalency students have education needs best served through customized support in a one on one or small group setting, as currently provided by the Adult Learning Center tutors. Clients are matched with tutors whose skills and availability match individual client needs.

· Services include pre-testing, follow-up testing, progress assessments, HiSET (high school equivalency test) exam fees, and necessary materials, such as workbooks, magazines, test preparation materials, and supplies.

· The Adult Learning Center works in partnership with Workforce Essentials Adult Education (WEAE,) which provides formal courses for high school equivalency certification and refers clients to Adult Learning Center who need additional personalized support to best succeed in this process. The Adult Learning Center also refers clients to WEAE for assessment and placement at the appropriate learning level.

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The Adult Learning Center provides additional support some college-bound adults may require prior to entering college, as identified by standardized tests, such as the ACT Compass or the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

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The Adult Learning Center works with adult clients fromother countries to increase their functional English skills, characterized as basic language skills necessary to function in daily activities within an English-speaking community.

· Clients with little or no English language skills benefit from customized support in a one on one or small group setting, as provided by Adult Learning Center tutors. Clients are matched with tutors whose skills and scheduling availability meet client needs.

· English conversation practice in an informal setting provides clients with additional opportunity to use and master these skills. The Adult Learning Center offers English conversation classes four times per week, offering clients the flexibility to attend as convenient with their schedules.

· The Adult Learning Center works in partnership with Workforce Essentials Adult Education, which provides formal courses for English language acquisition and refers clients to Adult Learning Center. The Adult Learning Center provides customized support, as detailed above, to those who need additional assistance to best succeed in this process.

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We offer assistance in preparing for the U.S. Citizenship test.

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CEO Comments Our current major challenge is maintaining and increasing financial support. We have all the programs, volunteers and staff in place to support our programs and are always looking for additional ways to support our mission.  We have  hold two annual fund raisers: Author! Author! in June and Brakfast for Literacy in August.  We also participate in United Way sponsored fundrasing opportunities.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Randall Parks Robinson
Company Affiliation Bancorp South
Term Oct 2012 to Dec 2018
Email Randall.Robinson@bxs.com
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Ms. Cynthia P. Harper CPA/PFSLattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PCVoting
Mr. John Miller JDSelf EmployeedVoting
Mr. Randall Robinson Bancorp SouthVoting
Ms. Gena Lovett Ryan Columbia State Community CollegeVoting
Mr. Scott Salisbury Pinch Hitter SolutionsVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 67%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Raising
Finance
Nominating
Special Events
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Audit
By-laws
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Program / Program Planning
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Volunteer
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
Directors & Officers Policy
General Property Coverage
Additional Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Bryan Fay Suntrust Bank
Mrs. Barbara Nowak Saucy Sisters
Ms Carol Wilhelm Community Volunteer
CEO Comments   The current board of six members bring a varied skill set that is expected to provide fresh perspective and energy to the fundraising challenges and financial/legal oversight. We are open to acquiring additional board members.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Rita Dozier
Term Start July 1986
Email rita@adultlearningcenterwctn.org
Experience Rita Dozier has a B. A. in English and 30 years experience in adult education including a combination of public school system experience and as the Executive Director of the Williamson County Literacy Council (DBA Adult Learning Center).  She is a trained Slingerland instructor, and this knowledge of learning disabilities and methods of teaching has proven essential to adult education students who require additional help improving their academic and basic math, reading and writing skills. Through her dynamic personality, communication skills and dedication to helping those in need, Rita has developed a strong network of resources to support adult learning. Rita is an exceptionally skilled collaborator and community activist. 
Staff
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 25
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 3
When was Strategic Plan adopted? Jan 2016
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Under Development
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Becky Darby AwardCommunity Foundation of Middle Tennessee2010
Paul Harris FellowCool Springs Noon Rotary2011
Andruss AwardAARP2011
Senior Staff
Title Project and Operations Manager
Experience/Biography 27 years of management experience in bank operations and corporate training; BBA & MBA degrees and PMP (Project Management Professional) certification from PMI; 9 years of  volunteer experience with the Adult Learning Center and other community organizations
Title Program Coordinator
Experience/Biography
 
 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $117,544.00
Projected Expenses $117,543.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$30,973$37,611$32,772
Government Contributions$0$21,552$0
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$0$21,552$0
Individual Contributions$12,420$21,106$25,493
$0$0$0
$0$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$82$0$103
Membership Dues$40,297$0$0
Special Events$0$0$19,697
Revenue In-Kind$31,143$21,552$13,143
Other$0$223$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$105,814$102,911$88,881
Administration Expense$6,414$9,112$5,978
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.020.910.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%92%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$93,001$91,300$100,459
Current Assets$91,920$91,300$100,459
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$1,000$1,986$1,166
Total Net Assets$92,001$89,314$99,293
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities91.9245.9786.16
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $40,297Foundations and Corporations $37,611Foundations and Corporations $32,772
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNoncash Contributions $31,143Government Grants $21,552Contributions, Gifts, and Grants $25,493
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations and Corporations $30,973Noncash Contributions $21,552Fundraising Events $19,697
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Dec 2018
Solicitations Permit
CS Permit 2018
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
Financial figures are taken from 990.
Financial documents prepared by John R. Poole, CPA.
Comments provided by Nicole Rose 11/27/2017.
Nonprofit Adult Learning Center
Address 129 West Fowlkes Street
Suite 143
Franklin, TN 37064
Primary Phone (615) 224-3471
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rita Dozier
Board Chair Mr. Randall Parks Robinson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bancorp South
Year of Incorporation 1986

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