The Learn More Center was founded in 2002 by the Community Foundation of Wabash County and funded by the Lilly Endowment’s Community Alliance to Promote Education (CAPE) grant in an effort to respond to the unmet challenge of adult illiteracy in Wabash County.
Today, the Learn More Center seeks to eliminate illiteracy, encourage educational attainment, and advance employability through its programs. Students who work with staff and volunteer tutors strengthen math and language skills, develop skills for job advancement, gain confidence, and become lifelong learners. In 2010 alone, over 320 students logged 9,000 hours of assisted learning, and the Learn More Center saw 65 students reach their educational goal of obtaining a GED. The reach of these students’ education extends past the classroom; studies show that the transfer of enthusiasm for learning from parents to their children has been found to occur when adults are involved in literacy programs.
All services are free to students, making the Learn More Center accessible to those most in need. Public funding is crucial to the sustainability of the Learn More Center, as it is not a government or school agency and receives little federal, state, or government assistance. The Learn More Center is funded nearly exclusively by donations from the public.