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Literacy Council of Northern Virginia to Announce New Name after 60 Years

New name. Same mission. Expanding our reach. Over the past 60 years, the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia (LCNV) has served adult learners seeking to speak, read, and write in English. We are proud of LCNV’s legacy and the positive effect we’ve had on the community. However, our organization is growing, and we recognize our name has its limitations. After a year of conducting extensive market research and engaging nearly 350 stakeholders, we determined that an organizational rebrand could help us better meet our goals and inform people about the transformative impact of what we do.

Please join us for the unveiling of our new name on November 9, 2022 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church, VA 22042. With special remarks from the Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education in the U.S. Department of Education, Amy Loyd and Fairfax County’s Community Impact Unit Manager, Ramona Carroll.

LCNV was established in 1962 by a grassroots group of local volunteers alarmed at the number of adults who were functionally illiterate. Growing from a corps of trained volunteers who provided one-to-one tutoring for predominantly native-born residents to creating larger-scale classroom programs as the number of foreign-born residents rose dramatically, today it serves those at the lowest skill levels providing the crucial first steps of language and literacy learning, while also providing this population with workplace soft skills and industry recognized credentialing through in-person and virtual classes. LCNV is proud to have served over 60,000 students in its 60 years. Just this past year, 16 staff members worked with more than 500 trained volunteers who gave over 20,000 hours of service to 1,430 students in 18 states.