February 14, 2012
Rosa Dias spends the first moments of her weekly GED preparation hour warming up at the computer before attending a class.
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Rim Country Literacy works to help job seekers master crucial skills
Desperately seeking work in a stalled economy with chronically high jobless rates, some Gila County job seekers find they lack crucial basic skills. Fortunately, the people who operate the Rim Country Literacy Program (RCLP) stand ready to help. It’s a big job in a county where the unemployment rate remains 1 to 2 percent above the state and national averages. Some 16 percent of Gila County residents lack a high school diploma and 12 percent have trouble with basic literacy skills, according to Census Bureau and National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) figures. Two percent of adults live in households that do not speak English at all, according to adult education county statistics. What does that mean to Gila County? Employability.