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Meet the Man Who Overcame Illiteracy at 47-Years-Old

According to a study done by the United States Department of Education, there are approximately 32 million illiterate Americans. Norman Brown of Bakersfield, California was one of these Americans, that is, until he signed up for tutoring at the age of forty-seven. Brown first fell behind his classmates in elementary school, but was able to make it through tenth grade.


“Back then they sort of set you aside. I don’t know how I got to the 10th grade. This is insane that I went so far in school.” In 2014, Central Connecticut State ranked Bakersfield the least literate city in the United States. 


Brown sought help at the Kern Literacy Council and began receiving weekly tutoring to develop his reading abilities. Prior, he had trouble applying for jobs with written applications and would ask his friends to complete the paperwork for him, though thanks to his improved reading and writing skills, he’s been able to launch his own auto body shop specializing in classic cars. 


“Four years of tutoring and now the sky is the limit!” said Brown, with a huge smile on his face. “Step aside, because I’m coming through!”



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