Every spring, Strong City Baltimore’s Adult Learning Center (ALC) celebrates learners’ graduation at Achievement Night. During this special event, family and friends watch as the learners take the traditional walk across the stage after months, and sometimes years, of hard work. Due to COVID-19, Class of 2020 learners will not be able to gather in person, but instead will be recognized at Virtual Achievement Night on Facebook Live on Thursday, June 11th.
This year, the ALC is pairing the Virtual Achievement Night with a virtual silent auction, the proceeds of which will go the ALC as a gift from the Class of 2020.
Auction items include a weekend getaway on Chincoteague Island, live one-on-one tutoring for K-12+ students, a book lover’s basket, guitar lessons, gift cards to local restaurants, personal training and yoga sessions, an Android tablet and more! The auction will start on Monday, May 18th at 9:00 am and end on June 11th at 8:00 pm. All items were donated by individual donors, ALC teachers, Strong City staff, and local businesses.
Support the ALC’s efforts to help learners improve their education and become economically self-sufficient, even during this difficult time, by bidding on your favorite items.
Adult education is an often overlooked, but nevertheless important, element of helping to build neighborhoods, strengthen people, and improve economic self-sufficiency for undereducated and underemployed people. For the last 30 years, the ALC has provided free high-quality, learner-centered instruction to help Baltimore residents increase their academic skills, employability, and overall quality of life. Last year, 510 learners enrolled in the ALC and 82 percent of all learners increased their post-test scores, showing their progression.
In March, all classes transitioned to distance learning. The ALC provided laptops and Chromebooks to learners and has joined with other organizations in Baltimore to call for digital equity.