The Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) dyslexia tutoring program has received a Theisen’s More For Your Community Grant to support an expansion of the successful program in the Dubuque area.
The grant, in the amount of $1,000, will allow NICC to offset some of the instructional costs to income-qualifying families who enroll in the program. Many local families cannot afford the $40 per hour fee necessary to cover instructional time.
The effective dyslexia tutoring program utilizes the proven Barton Reading and Spelling System to serve struggling readers as part of Dubuque’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, and NICC is the only institution in northeast Iowa to offer this service.
The National Institute of Health reports the 80% of children diagnosed with a learning disability actually have dyslexia. Unfortunately, only one in ten of them qualifies for special education services. The NICC program helps participants overcome reading difficulties and educational challenges, which will make a positive impact on students’ academic performance and, ultimately, in their careers.
Now in its fifth year, the Theisen’s More For Your Community Grants program is supported by the Theisen’s charitable fund and through a partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. Grants will be made available in all 20 of Theisen’s store communities. This year, $160,000 in total grants will be distributed to the region served by Theisen’s.
For more information on the dyslexia tutoring program at NICC, contact Any Lester, program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (888) 642.2338, ext. 143.