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Changing Lives...
   One Word at a Time.

In serving adults in Central Ohio, the Columbus Literacy Council strives to

  • Enable Future Education
  • Increase Employability
  • Encourage Civic Involvement
  • Promote Family Stability and Support

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Literacy Facts for Franklin County, OH

  • 13% of adults in Franklin County lack the basic reading, writing and math skills necessary to function effectively in daily life and in the workforce. This is the highest percentage of any county in the state, at 4% above the average for Ohio 2.
  • Franklin County has the fastest-growing foreign born population of any county in the state of Ohio 1.
  • There are about 113,000 individuals in Franklin County that speak a lanugage other than English at home; almost 50% of these individuals speak English less than "very well"1.
  • There are almost 100,000 adults over 18 in Franklin County who lack a high school diploma or equivalent, and almost 25% of them have less than a 9th grade education 1.
  • Adults without a high school diploma earn 30% less than a high school graduate, and 45% less than the average salary1.

Columbus Literacy Council designs its classes to benefit those native speakers and foreign-born with the lowest levels of literacy. The Council offers instruction in reading, writing, listening, speaking, math, financial skills and job skills with the goal of improving the employability of our students and offering them the possibility to change their lives .


1. Data Set: 2007-2009 American Community Survey, Franklin County, Ohio. US Census Bureau.
2. U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy