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The mission of the JCCLCP is to mobilize local agencies & volunteers in a literacy campaign resulting in credentialed, civic-minded adults, training for high-wage, high-demand jobs in Jackson County.

Literacy is a lifestyle.


 In 1990, Governor Zell Miller launched the Certified Literate Community Program (CLCP) as a means of combating the problems caused by low adult literacy levels. Improved literacy rates help the state attract new businesses and increase self-sufficiency among all residents.  CLCPs are not necessarily a service provider but rather an umbrella organization that brings together a network of volunteers and all sectors of the community to meet local literacy needs. 

CLCPs are about economic development, workplace skills, parents able to help their children with their homework, adults able to understand and follow prescription medicine directions for themselves and their children, individuals being able to read a map or road sign, immigrants acquiring English language skills and anyone acquiring computer skills. CLCP is about lifelong learning and acquiring a new skill at any point in life. Technical colleges, workforce investment programs, and school systems are part of this effort but could not accomplish these things on their own.

To qualify as a participant in the CLCP program, Jackson County is required to set a goal of reducing its functional illiteracy rate by 50% within ten years. As a CLCP member organization, we are responsible for securing local community support and sources of funding, implementing a variety of literacy programs, and executing successful strategies to help residents achieve educational and employment goals.



Years Serving 
Jackson County


Students Served Each
Year with Lanier Tech


Cost of A Single
Student's GED Tests

(plus up to $100 in practice tests)


Most CLCPs are non-profit organizations whose main mission is to improve adult literacy, and must build relationships with local literacy providers to map out the best use of resources already available. They must acquire additional resources in order to coordinate community support, robust volunteer programs, and secure reliable program funding.  As a CLCP, we are always on the look out for ways to provide wrap-around services to support our students in the areas they need additional help.

FOR EXAMPLE: Jackson CLCP works with all the local agencies providing other services that can help eliminate barriers to student success.  Say, Mr. Butler is working with a student who cannot pass the exam because he or she cannot read the computer screen ever since s/he broke her glasses and is no longer working, Since they’re not working, the student cannot pay for exams, either. So CLCP provides all practice tests (OPTs) and exam fees. Family Connections helps pay for new glasses at Walmart before the next exam is scheduled. We might later ask around the community to see if there’s a way to help get the car fixed for a reasonable discounted fee or volunteers.

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