MoveUp launches all-new website, announces re-commitment to innovation in creating poverty solutions in greater Hartford
Hartford, Connecticut. The MoveUp Partnership for Adult Learning has announced the launch of its all-new website built by StitchDX of Lowell, Massachusetts. Featuring improved usability and greater interactivity, the site is a new, one-stop information resource for adult learners; the educational, governmental, and nonprofit organizations that serve them; and private sector individuals and organizations wishing to play a role in lifting underserved Hartford-area populations out of poverty.
MoveUp’s core mission is to connect adult learners and their families to literacy education, job skills training, job search assistance, and transportation resources. Taken together, these services provide vital support for men and women to obtain employment, nurture their careers, and build better lives—while also attending to the needs of their families. The new website positions MoveUp as an active, forward-looking hub for people and organizations addressing the challenge of poverty in greater Hartford.
MoveUp Director Sarah Dudzic remarked that the new website debuts at a time when the organization is taking an expanded leadership role in the mitigation of poverty in greater Hartford. “Adult literacy and job skills training have always been critical needs to be met. But how to make that education pay off—and make it sustainable—for the people we serve? With our partners we’re putting more energy into finding and creating the innovations that will yield the answers.”
Innovation in transportation, support across generations
Recognizing the barriers created by lack of access to workplaces, child care, and schools, MoveUp has expanded into partnerships with public and private transportation resources. Dudzic explains, “The people we help and the businesses that hire them have become physically farther apart. Factor in the needs to get kids to school or child care—even just to buy healthy foods—and transportation is absolutely as vital as education when it comes to making a better life.”
MoveUp’s efforts are also extending to the families of adult learners, through support of two-generation, or “2-Gen” practices. “Sustainable literacy education really happens at the family level,” said Dudzic. “2-Gen practices serve adult learners and their children simultaneously. The result is adults who are more workforce-ready AND children who are school-ready and positioned to excel and achieve in the classroom and beyond.”
More interactivity for all visitors
Beyond being a multilingual information resource, the new MoveUp website is a place where visitors can take positive actions. Adult learners can sign up for literacy and skills training classes, and apply for jobs. Educational providers and partners can post classes and programs, as well as events to inform the public. Advocacy and government organizations can upload research studies, white papers, and reports to the MoveUp library.
Dudzic concluded, “We envision MoveUp’s new website as an essential information source for any individual or organization involved in adult learning in the greater Hartford area. But most important are the adult learners. If they’re visiting the site to obtain information, sign up for classes, and actively engage in their own advancement, then we’re being successful in our mission of helping them.”
The Move UP! Partnership for Adult Learning offers leadership and coordination to the Capital Region’s adult education and training efforts, and provides technical assistance, professional development and other resources to our Region’s adult education centers, workforce training programs, and community colleges.
Move UP! works to improve adult literacy in the Capital Region by:
- Advocating for legislative actions and public policies that support the delivery of high quality programs and enable individuals to receive the education and training they need to fill the jobs that are available in this region.
- Promoting public awareness about adult literacy and the positive socio-economic impacts of adult learning.
- Providing adult literacy and workforce training programs with professional development and assistance with the implementation of evidence-based practices.
- Bringing together stakeholders from workforce development programs, adult education centers and the community college system to provide an integrated system of adult learning.
To learn more about MoveUp, visit moveupct.org.
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