Learning for Life Program Overview

The Learning for Life Program

By: Angelo Anderson

Getting a GED has become a lot easier in Cleveland now that we have the Learning for Life Program. The open to and in your neighborhood concept means easy access to many people who may not have transportation to out laying areas.

The Learning for Life Programs is helping three adults tutoring programs in Cleveland at the West Side Catholic Center, Thea Bowman Center, and LMM/2100 Lakeside Men’s Shelter. Each program provides its own tutors and Site Manager to help each adult scholar study in the skills needed to reach their goals. Most of our scholars have the goal of passing the GED test. Some are trying to get into job training programs or college.  Everybody who attends wants to improve their reading, writing and/or math skills to work towards a better life.

Each class received the Learning for Life Starter Kit: books, tests, and classroom materials for learners starting at all levels.  Learning for Life provides a secure database so adult learners can move between the three sites without having to start over.  Scholars studying at all three sites are eligible for Learning for Life Scholarship to pay the GED testing fee & bus passes for those who pass GED practice tests.  Starting in the spring we will also share tutor training and an annual graduation/recognition ceremony.

Any adult who wants to improve their skills can come free of charge thanks to our wonderful volunteer tutors. We need both adult learners (scholars) and tutors who are willing to make a commitment to come to class regularly. You can also sponsor the scholarship program by donating to the West Side Catholic Center with the note “Learning for Life.” Stop by at the beginning of class to find out more:

 LMM/2100 Lakeside Men’s Shelter

2100 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114

Tuesday & Thursday 1-3pm

* Ask for Marcia Bufford


West Side Catholic Center

3135 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113

Tuesday & Thursday 1:30-3:30pm

*In the new building


Thea Bowman Center

11901 Oakfield Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44105

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 1-3pm and 5:30-7:30pm

*Enter parking lot from E 120th & Union, go past the child care center to the far red door.

Become a Learning for Life Scholar, tutor or sponsor today!

Copyright Cleveland Street Chronicle and the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless published in December 2010.