Join us on March 15th at 5:30 PM as we recognize adult education leaders, celebrate a year’s worth of successful collaboration and engage in camaraderie with our colleagues, students, and allies. Beyond Books- Supporting Adult Literacy in Chicagoland is the Coalition’s third annual award show, held at the world-renowned Newberry Library (60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610).

The Coalition will present the Literacy Leader Award to City Colleges Chancellor Juan Salgado. Chancellor Salgado has been a longtime advocate for adult learners and a champion of career pathway programming as a method for moving adults out of poverty.

Juan Salgado, John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

“I am honored to be receiving the Literacy Leader Award from the Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition, an organization that City Colleges of Chicago is proud to partner with in our efforts to move adult learners with low basic literacy skills onto successful career pathways. One’s ability to read and to comprehend has a direct impact upon a person’s life, upon their education, upon their economic potential, upon their very health. The Coalition’s commitment to securing resources and training for an underserved population mirrors City Colleges’ commitment to the transformation of Chicagoans’ lives through education. I commend the dedication, perseverance, and achievements of this organization in such a brief space of time, and City Colleges of Chicago looks forward to continued partnership and success in fulfilling the Coalition’s mission.”




The Coalition will also recognize an adult educator and adult learner for their exceptional contributions to their program and community. Click here to learn more.

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Click here to see pictures from last year’s event!