About Our Students
LitNet serves the large population of immigrants who live and work in Berkshire County. According to the American Community Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau, between 2009 and 2014, the number of South Berkshire residents who spoke a language other than English at home increased by almost 30%. About 3,000 individuals in LitNet's primary service area speak a language other than English at home.
In the past year, students enrolled with the Literacy Network ranged in age from 20-71. They were of limited income and came from 30 different countries and spoke at least 18 different languages collectively. The majority of LitNet students are from Central and South America; however, we also have students from Western, Central, and Eastern Europe as well as China, Japan, India, and Southeast Asia. Some LitNet students have learning disabilities and have been unsuccessful in more traditional learning environments.
Currently, more than 90% of LitNet's students are studying ESOL, 5% are working to receive their high school equivalency certificate, 3% are pursuing their American citizenship, and 2% are practicing basic reading skills.