Family Literacy Foundations / Families That Work

This program is offered at both the Walla Walla and Clarkston campuses. Students are administered a Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) Appraisal, Reading for Understanding, Math Locator, Spelling, and CASAS Level assessments to determine placement upon entry. Program of study is then determined individually. Instruction is offered via lecture, lecture/lab, individual study, structured classes, learning communities, and through the use of computer technology. A $25.00 tuition fee is collected each quarter for any and all program components. Students may pursue the General Education Development (GED) or upgrade existing skills and abilities in preparation for further study in other college programs. Families That Work bridges students from basic skills progress to vocational and customized job skills training courses.


The Family Literacy/Families That Work (FTW) program operates year-round 20-25 hours a week. Family Literacy Master Course Outlines include: ABE Levels I-IV basic skills in reading, writing, and math; ABE Math Level II; Family Management/Parent Education; Integrated Basic Work Skills; and Educational Interview. Families That Work also provides for the continuation of educational and family activities during college and public school breaks.


Families That Work is a state family literacy model that takes a holistic service delivery approach to serve the needs of eligible Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) recipients and the low-wage earner who is TANF eligible. The FTW program provides interactive literacy activities between parents and children, training for parents regarding how to be the primary teacher for their children and full partners in the education of their children, parent literacy training that leads to economic self-sufficiency, and age appropriate education to prepare children for success in school and life experiences through: Parent and Child Together (PACT) time, family-centered activities, classroom parenting instruction, integrated basic work place skills, campus and community connections, and home visitation for role modeling and interactive age-appropriate activities.