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With their vision Milwaukee Achiever was founded


Building on Strong Roots from Yesterday to Become a Regional Leader Today

madison-st-first-locationMilwaukee Achiever was founded in 1983 by the presidents of three of the area's leading Catholic educational institutions, Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch University, and Mount Mary University. The impetus for founding our organization grew out of the startling results of a study entitled "Milwaukee 2000," which found that one in six of the city's adults was functionally illiterate. The call to action was clear.

The first center opened in February of 1983 at 931 West Madison Street. Many of the first and long-time tutors were loyal sisters from each of the founding orders. Fourteen adult learners and their volunteer tutors attended the first session.

Today, Milwaukee Achiever serves over 800 learners annually, with an increasing number of individuals flocking to our centers each year. Two learning centers that comprise our community programming are located at 1501 South Layton Boulevard (on Milwaukee's south side) and 5566 North 69th Street (on the northwest side). To meet an increasing demand for workforce literacy, Milwaukee Achiever has also opened a number of satellite learning labs in the city. At these various locations, Milwaukee Achiever provides adult learners with one-on-one and small group, instruction in Adult Basic Education (ABE), English Language Learning (ELL), General Educational Development (GED), PI 5.09 HSED, citizenship, computer, and workforce development skills. Our mission is possible because of the dedicated efforts of over 265 highly skilled volunteer tutors who motivate their learners to attain learning and career goals.

From its humble beginnings through the present day, Milwaukee Achiever has helped over 24,000 highly motivated adult learners and is currently serving approximately 800 learners per year from 65 countries including the United States.

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