The Coalition Announces its 2nd Annual Beyond Books Literacy Leader Award Recipient: Illinois Community College Board Deputy Director Jennifer Foster

Chicago – Februrary 16, 2017 – The Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition (the Coalition) will present its Literacy Leader Award to Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) Deputy Director Jennifer K. Foster at the organization’s second-annual awards ceremony, Beyond Books – Supporting Adult Literacy in Chicagoland, Thursday, March 30th at the Newberry Library. “We are so pleased to present this award to Jennifer. Her commitment to include low-skilled adults in Illinois’ Career Pathways framework has been unwavering,” said Becky Raymond, the Coalition’s Executive Director.

Jennifer K. Foster is the Deputy Director for Adult Education and Workforce Development/State GED Administrator at ICCB. She serves as the State Director for Adult Education and GED Testing in Illinois. Jennifer has been with the ICCB for almost 15 years and in adult education for more than 25 years. Jennifer also serves as the past chair of the National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium (NAEPDC) and the National Council of State Directors of Adult Education (NCSDAE) and has worked on many federal projects related to adult education and workforce. She is the team lead for the Illinois Accelerating Opportunity Project, a project that blends adult basic education skills and career technical education and training.

Ms. Foster has been very instrumental in the development of a strategic plan titled, “Creating Pathways for Adult Learners” that has provided future direction in adult education. She is also currently working to develop a strategic plan for Workforce Education to enhance the already robust Illinois community college system.

The inaugural Literacy Leader Award was given to Chicago Public Library Commission Brian Bannon at last year’s Beyond Books celebration; he will present the award to Ms. Foster at this year’s event. The Coalition’s Literacy Leader Award signifies exemplary commitment to ensuring low-skilled adults can access adult basic education services.

Proceeds from Beyond Books will help ensure that Chicago’s adult literacy providers are equipped with the necessary resources and training to help adult learners and their families thrive.

Join us March 30th from 5:30-7:30pm
at the Newberry Library (60 W. Walton St.)


  • Janet O Wright

    Thank you for inviting the student nominees. The Tolton Center students were thrilled about the experience of being invited to a beautifully decorated venue, where people ate fancy food as they said,and observed people mingle and listen to jazz music. They continued to talk about it! It was another learning / cultural experience for them. Any time they can leave their communities and see what other people are doing it’s inspirational.

    • So glad to get this feedback Janet – we loved having the Tolton students at the event! They’ll have another chance to get out and about at this year’s “Night of 1,000 Stars” which will be held at the Harold Washington Library on May 31st – stay tuned for more details!

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