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August 2014 Newsletter


Jefferson County Literacy Council Connection

Improving lives * Creating solutions * Building strong communities


218 Wisconsin Drive, Suite 9, Jefferson, WI 53549  

Monday-Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm or by appointment

August 2014

Welcome to JCLC, Lynn!


JCLC welcomes Lynn Forseth as the new Executive Director.  Lynn comes to JCLC with over 30 years of experience in education ranging from teaching elementary school to her most recent position as Executive Director of Economic and Workforce Development at Madison College - Jefferson and Dodge County.

Lynn began working full time with JCLC in July and quickly got to work leading a remodel of the classrooms at the office.  In her short time with the organization, Lynn has accomplished a great deal including the placement of computers at the Jefferson County Jail for the GED program, strengthening partnerships throughout the county and grant writing.  Lynn has also been working closely with Michelle Erickson of Wisconsin Literacy in effort to improve workplace literacy programs.  

Lynn brings much experience and new energy to JCLC as we look forward to the future.  Be sure to check out the Jefferson Daily Union story for more information about our newest addition.  Welcome Lynn!

Recap of JCLC Summer ESL Programs


Volunteer Kris Cameron leads a group of learners in a game on the final

day of our JCLC summer program.

The JCLC summer ESL program was a complete success!  JCLC offered a six-week session of English classes in Jefferson and Lake Mills.  Through collaboration with the Jefferson, Lake Mills and Fort Atkinson school districts we were able to recruit a total of 8 new learners, 3 volunteer tutors and 5 summer child care volunteers.  We are grateful to Jefferson High School, Lake Mills High School and the Rock Lake Activity Center in Lake Mills for the gracious donation of space for our activities.  

A total of 10 JCLC tutors and 12 learners participated in the program.  Attendance and energy was high throughout the six week session and learners were engaged in reading, writing, listening speaking activities related to home and family.  A great time was had by all.  Thanks to all that made this project a success!

Fall ESL Classes @ JCLC

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JCLC is very excited to offer a full line-up of fall ESL classes in Jefferson, Watertown and Fort Atkinson.  We are fortunate to have volunteers provide instruction five days a week mornings and evenings in these three locations.  This fall we are offering a variety of courses including Basic ESL, Advanced ESL, EL Civics, U.S. Government, Civics and Citizenship and English Reading and Writing I & II.  If you know anyone in our community that would benefit from any of these courses, please have them contact JCLC (920) 675-0500 to receive a schedule and information packet.  Se habla español.

Jefferson County School Supplies Distribution Day

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Area organizations including Jefferson County Lions clubs and the Jefferson County Human services Ready Kids for School program have organized a school supply distribution day for qualifying families in Jefferson County.  JCLC is participating in distribution of the school supplies on Saturday, August 16 in the Activity Center of Jefferson County Fair Park.  Volunteers are needed to distribute promotional materials to potential JCLC learners and supervising and interacting with children in the kid's activity area from 8:45 am to 11:15 am on August 16.    This is a great opportunity to promote our programs and reach out to those in our community that are in need of our services!  Please contact JCLC volunteer Sheryl Phillipson via e-mail 01sphillipson@gmail.com  or call the JCLC office (920) 675-0500 by Wednesday, August 13  if you would like to volunteer for this event.  

JCLC Classroom Face-lift

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JCLC’s newly freshened classrooms.

Have you seen our classrooms recently?  The JCLC office classrooms went through a major transformation the first week of July.  Staff worked hard to repurpose and refurbish needed items purchased from Prospect Elementary School in Lake Mills.  Staff also rearranged furniture and organized materials, making our space more inviting to the adult learners we serve.  Though we accomplished much in the week we spent cleaning our office, we still have much more to do.  We have future plans to paint, hang more art on the walls and improve available technology in the classrooms.  

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Tutor training in in September

JCLC is aggressively seeking additional volunteers to be trained this fall.  Once again, our organization is participating in Wisconsin Literacy’s “1200 Tutors in 12 Weeks” campaign this fall.  Our goal is to recruit 15 individuals that are interested in leading small groups and working with others one-on-one to meet their goals of learning English, studying for the GED test and obtaining citizenship.  We have a great need for tutors in Watertown, Waterloo and Lake Mills.  If you know anyone that has an interest in improving the lives of others in our community, please have them contact us to reserve a spot during one of the orientation sessions and the training.  Advanced registration for the orientation and training is required for participation.


Wednesday, September 10 @ Fort Atkinson Library 10:11 am

Thursday, September 11 @ Watertown Library 6-7 pm

Tuesday, September 16 @ Waterloo Library 6-7 pm

Wednesday, September 17 @ JCLC Office noon-1 pm


Saturday, September 20 @ JCLC Office 9 am - 1 pm

Saturday, November 1 @ JCLC Office 9 am - 1 pm

The JCLC office is located in the Jefferson Area Business Center building (218 S. Wisconsin Drive, Jefferson, WI)

Wish List

JCLC has some material needs. Call today if you can help! (920) 675-0500

- LCD projector $300

- Staff attend annual Adult Education conference $500

- Jail Storybook Sponsor $250

- Oxford Picture Dictionary Instructor presentation CD ROM $300

- 4 gallons white semi-gloss paint $120

- Office laser jet printer $250


218 S. Wisconsin Drive

Jefferson, WI 53523