One in five Oklahoma City Adults Can’t Read – Tutors Needed


September 22, 2022

Oklahoma City, OK – OIC of Oklahoma County (OIC) will host training sessions for those who wish to work with low-level readers, non-reading adults or those interested in English as a second language.

Many of us take reading for granted, finding pleasure in reading a good book or helping our children negotiate their education.  Unfortunately, there are 93 million adults in the United States that find the written word intimidating and challenging.

An estimated 1 in 5 adults in Oklahoma County have below basic literacy skills,“ said Blair Lanning, OIC’s Community Literacy Coordinator.  This means they are unable to read street signs, fill out job applications or understand medication labels.  Adequate reading skills are vital in today’s society.  Adults with minimal reading abilities often find it difficult to find employment, follow directions on labels and forms, or read to their children. 

“My tutor has helped me to comprehend what I read.  I’ve increased my vocabulary too and read to my kids 20 minutes every day.  Meeting with my tutor has given me more confidence in taking the high school diploma test.  I’m scheduled to take the test this week and I am ready”, says Michelle, OIC one-to-one adult learner and high school diploma prep student.  Michelle has been meeting with her tutor once a week, working on comprehension, reading, and writing. 

OIC Literacy tutors and students meet once a week at a public location and work for an hour or more. Short-term and long-term tutoring options are available.  If you are interested in attending the training begins:

  • November 5 from 9 am to 1 pm (in-person)
  • November 12 from 9 am to 1 pm (in-person)
  • November 19 from 10 am to 12 pm (virtual)

Register by calling 405.235.2651 or email Blair Lanning at  All sessions required. Seating is limited so register today.

“We are in a great need for tutors, specifically math and reading tutors,” says DesJean Jones, Executive Director.  If you want to invest in someone’s future, call today.  We need you!