Meet Elaine, Woman on the Go

Elaine is a Reading Program learner at our Gilroy office, legal assistant for a bustling law office, college student and single parent of a young teen daughter. Elaine’s vivacious, high-energy personality matches well with her busy lifestyle. We sat down with her to talk about how she uses the program to help her advance toward her professional and personal objectives.
RP: How long have you been a student?
Elaine: I have been in the program for two years.
RP:  Why did you enter The Reading Program?
Elaine: I had always struggled with the English language. It has always been difficult for me to read because I could never quite figure out how to spell or pronounce words.
RP:  What are your primary goals?
My main goal is to use The Reading Program as a tool to help me pinpoint my weaknesses and to focus on one at a time to improve my reading skills. I was always intrigued by the Law and want to pursue a career that has some component of Law. While attending The Reading Program, I am completing the final college units I need to obtain a Paralegal Certificate.
RP: How have your tutor and other Reading Program staff helped you work toward your goals?
Elaine: They are all very wonderful individuals. They have offered support with resources, with reading material, and by providing a welcoming and comfortable room with books, computers and support to suit my needs. They have all gone over and beyond to help me succeed.
RP: What changes have you been able to make in your life due, at least in part, to improving your literacy?
Elaine: I have been able to succeed in my paralegal and general education courses with the help I received in reading, understanding, organizing and editing my assignments. As important was the encouragement provided at times when I questioned my own abilities. I am still working to strengthen my reading skills, but they are a lot stronger today, and my confidence level has also increased. I realize that I can continue to use the many skills I have learned to help me reach my goal.
RP: What would you say to someone thinking about joining The Reading Program?
Elaine: I would say to anyone thinking about joining this wonderful program that it is never too late to learn. Reading allows you to see the world from a different perspective. It will impact many aspects of your life. It helps one to have a stronger self and to understand interactions with people. I would say that before you know it, you increase your skills!
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Reading Program

The Reading Program

350 W. Sixth Street
Gilroy, CA 95020
Providing free adult literacy services throughout Santa Clara County Library District
Phone: (408) 262-1349