BEACON is able to offer tuition-free classes due to the generousity of our literacy volunteers who dedicate their time to helping the students obtain their literacy goals. Small group and one-on-one tutoring is given to adults in Prince William County, Virginia. Educational specializations include English as a Second Language, citizenship preparation, Basic Literacy, computer literacy, financial literacy, and workforce literacy. Quarterly Life-Skills Workshops are held in addition to core programs. Small group instruction is held at various community partner sites throughout the area, while one-on-one tutoring is set up to meet the specific needs of a learner.
The population of the Prince William County area (including Prince William County, Manassas City and Manassas Park) grew by 100,564 residents, or 44% (4.2% annual growth) between 1990 and 2000 based on census data. From 2000 to 2003 annual growth is an estimated 4.8% adding 47,242 more people bringing the total population to 373,480. The area’s population began expanding rapidly in 1980 and is expected to continue this trend. Between 1990 and 2000 the Hispanic population tripled to 34,088 in 2000. People of Hispanic origin comprise over 10.4% of the population and are the largest segment of residents using our ESOL program.
Due to population growth which is expected to continue at 4-5% annually, BEACON expects to grow by 5% each year for the next 3-5 years.