With their vision Milwaukee Achiever was founded
Building on Strong Roots from Yesterday to Become a Regional Leader Today
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 1,200 learners annual, with an increasing number of individuals flocking to our centers each year. Two learning centers that comprise our community programming are located at 1215 South 45th Street (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), citizenship, computer, and workforce development skills. Our mission is possible because of the dedicated efforts of over 200 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 22,000 highly motivated adult learners and is currently serving approximately 1,200 learners per year from nearly 50 countries including the United States.
Milwaukee Achiever Program Founded
First learning center opened at 931 West Madison Street
In under ten years, Milwaukee Achiever Program more than tripled the number of learners served
JobLink program introduced. JobLink serves area businesses by providing literacy services at their locations
Milwaukee Achiever's award-winning flagship bridge-to-college program, Mount Mary College in Community, was founded. In 2010, the MMCIC program won ProLiteracy's National Program Innovation Award
Milwaukee Achiever partners with one of the area's leading W2 agencies, MAXIMUS, to provide educational services at Workforce Development Job Centers
First year of publication of the Slices of Life compilation featuring learners' writings and poems
Milwaukee Achiever celebrated twenty years in the community and formally changed its name to Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Services
First Annual GED Graduation and Achievement Awards Ceremony held at Mount Mary College
25 year anniversary celebration marked by a Gala Film event
In May, Milwaukee Achiever receives accreditation with ProLiteracy, the nation's only accreditor of adult literacy providers
Milwaukee Achiever's former Executive Director, Peg Palmer, receives Wisconsin Literacy's 2010 Literacy Advocate of the Year Award