Council Announces the Retirement of Karen Ray, Executive Director
Collierville, TN ? Karen Ray,
executive director of the Collierville Literacy Council for more than 10 years,
announced her upcoming retirement in March 2015.
Ray first started with the CLC in
1993 as a volunteer tutor in the adult basic literacy program. A few years later
she served on the Board of Directors. In 1997, she was hired as a member of the
staff. She worked closely with Betty Noe, the previous director, and in 2002
took over as the executive director. During her 20 years with the Literacy Council, Ray
noted there have been many changes. Originally the Literacy Council focused on
adult basic literacy. Over the years there have been changes and increased diversity
in Collierville. To fulfill a community need, the CLC expanded adult tutoring
services to include help with English as a Learned Language (ELL) and GED
preparation. Those are now the most widely used programs.
When Ray began with the Literacy Council, there were less than 100 students a
"Last year we served over 500 students," noted Ray. "We are very
proud of our capacity to grow and continue to provide good programs for our
Volunteers are the cornerstone of the services provided at the Literacy
Council. Ray's work helped grow the volunteer base to help support the goals of
the non-profit. Vital support also comes through the Town of Collierville, the
United Way and private donations.
The Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and everyone that has worked with
Karen wish her the best of luck in her retirement and thank her for giving her
heart and years of service to the Collierville Literacy Council and community.
The Collierville Literacy Council (CLC), a
community non-profit agency based in Collierville, TN, develops programs,
trains volunteer tutors, and utilizes technological resources to teach adults
comprehensive literacy skills rooted in reading, writing and critical thinking.CLC
has become a recognized community resource for adult literacy services in
Collierville, Germantown and surrounding areas. Our quality services are
provided in Basic Adult Literacy, High School Equivalency diploma and English
as a Learned Language (ELL).The Collierville Literacy Council offers tutoring for adults in Collierville and the surrounding areas who want to increase their basic reading skills. CLC, along with literacy councils across the country, provides basic literacy education at the community level. Those needing services are paired with trained tutors who work one-on-one, or in small classes with students. These services are provided free of charge.