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About LearningQuest


Read + Write + Work = Success


Empowering adults through educational services and improving self-reliance for the family.

2017 Annual Report

Why We Exist


Our county needs LearningQuest because of the challenges we have in terms of poverty and lack of education.

  • 37.1% of population is not in the labor force
  • 1 in 2.7 is receiving some sort of public assistance
  • 13.4% of our adult population has less than a 9th grade education
  • 1 in 5 high school students failed to graduate
  • 22% drop out of school and 14.4% of the adult population did not attend high school
  • 77.8% have a high school diploma compared to 86.4% average in US
  • 11.6% have a bachelor’s degree

Stanislaus County adults need remedial education leading to a minimum of a high school diploma or its equivalency in order to get a job or get a better job with a living wage. There is a lack of resources in our county. We are one of only four entities offering classes to prepare for the high school equivalency test and one of only two offering instruction in Spanish.

Our agency is also the only provider of adult basic literacy (non-readers to 7th grade level) for English speaking adults. The need for literacy was demonstrated through workforce testing conducted at two manufacturing plants which found that, out of 1,000 applicants, 26% read between 4th and 7th grade level and 25% below a 4th grade level. Our agency has found success in providing individualized tutoring in English using volunteers, and in providing ESL classes in the neighborhoods most in need of services.

History of LQ


Tri-Valley Growers cannery realizes a need for literacy and Volunteer Center responds with a  literacy program provided on site which becomes community based as well using volunteers to tutor.


A literacy program is brought to the Stanislaus County Jail .


Volunteer Center is absorbed into United Way and Stanislaus Literacy Center takes over the non-profit of Volunteer Center and changes its name and mission and continues to provide literacy tutoring.


Karen Williams becomes the first Executive Director of Stanislaus Literacy Center.


The first family literacy and English as a Second Language program is launched at Wakefield Elementary in Turlock.


A partnership with Community Services Agency is formed to provide literacy and pre-GED services for customers on Welfare to Work grants. This leads to 17 years of expansion of services to include GED (now known as High School Equivalency) preparation in five locations and Adult Basic Education in one location.


A partnership with Stanislaus County Library is birthed and LQ begins to operate literacy programs in the library under the name ReadingWorks.


The organization undergoes a move to a larger facility and a name change to LearningQuest (LQ).

Board of Directors 2017

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Marylou Hacker Rousseau,

Marylou has a deep commitment to literacy in the community. Proof of her devotion stems from her being a founding member of the Volunteer Board, the initial founding agency of LearningQuest. She has served on many advocacy boards in her professional career and brings that experience to the LearningQuest board, helping the staff, students and organization reach the next level in supporting Stanislaus County.
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Britta believes that LearningQuest provides a much needed service in the County. With years of expertise as a professional educator and skills in fiscal management and public speaking, she is eager to dig in and do what is needed to benefit the community.”
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Stephen Kellogg,
Vice President

Stephen provides support for LearningQuest through his experience in reviewing financials, fundraising participation, and being willing to contribute his time wherever is needed. He sees an opportunity to use his developed business skills to fulfill LearningQuest’s core purpose of providing new beginnings for each student.
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Winifred Wu,

Winnie works to encourage young adults to attain their highest educational aspirations. She supports programs to create a more productive and resilient workforce instilling the value of education in the family. With her LearningQuest tutor experience, she also plans to improve the delivery of services in alignment with the organization mission statement.
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Gordon Grimes,
Board Member

Gordon aims to develop and facilitate a plan to increase community based funding, present the LearningQuest message to local influencers and decision makers, make a contribution to improve the quality of life in our area, and increase and improve the literacy rates in the community.
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Thomas Hogan,
Board Member

Thomas uses his financial and legal expertise to assist and support the fundamental processes of the organization. His participation is based on his belief in LearningQuest’s mission statement objectives and in expanding the outreach of services to Stanislaus County.
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Carole Perry,
Board Member

Carol has a continued interest in providing opportunities for ongoing learning and improvement/acquisition of basic skills for those members of the community who have not had the opportunity or who have a need to acquire those skills. She feels that skills acquisition provides increased options to improve the quality of daily life.
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Fatima Seward,
Board Member

Fatima is a longtime supporter of literacy and firmly believes that it is the basic skill necessary to navigate life’s activities. She is ready to provide her professional and personal experience in order to support the goals of LearningQuest and the students.
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Employment Opportunities


Current Available Positions:

Transitional Specialist


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Q. How are you funded?

A. 88% of funding is from government grants and contracts for service. Because government dollars are shrinking, LQ is committed to decreasing dependence on government sources and increasing financial support from community members. This way, LQ board of directors and staff can better serve the people of Stanislaus County by making decisions on the best way to use funds for the benefit of our community, our students and our volunteers. Our goal is to raise $100,000 this year in donations and continue to increase funding from donations by 4% per year until at least half of all income is from donations.


Q. How long does it take for people to finish the program?

A. This varies greatly by person. The average amount of time in our literacy program is two years, but it is really determined by the reading level coming into the program and whether or not the person has a learning disability which tends to slow the process of learning. In the HSE program, the average is six months, and in the English as a Second Language classes, the average is two years per level.


Q. How do you assess the progress of your students?

A. We use a pre and post assessment test in reading and math, if applicable. The results are tracked by class and program. Our agency studies the data and investigates ways to improve so students learn more and have better success in meeting goals.


Q.  What can I do to help?

A. There are a variety of ways to help and we believe the answer is as individual as you are. There are traditional ways in which people have gotten involved, but this list is only a starting point. We are open to how you would like to help. Some of the traditional ways are these:

  • Volunteering as a tutor
  • Helping on event committees, with publicity or in the office
  • Providing goods and services at discount or free
  • Providing items from the wish list or donations to purchase these items
  • Teaching workshops for HSE students on academic or life skill topics
  • Mentoring HSE graduates for transition to work or college
  • Assisting people in preparing to pass citizenship test
  • Assisting with children in family literacy programs