The mission of the Great Plains Literacy Council is to positively impact Jackson and Harmon Counties through the provision of free literacy services to motivated adults so they can improve their lives, enrich their families, and strengthen their communities.

 

Services are free of charge.

Staff

Dr. Robbie McCarty became the Coordinator of GPLC in September, 2018. Robbie is a graduate of Altus High School. She holds a B.S. in Biology from Mississippi University for Women, a M.Ed. in Natural Science Education from SWOSU, and a Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum from OU.

Ruth Ortega joined GPLC as Administrative Assistant in June of 2017. Ms. Ortega serves as bilingual liaison between GPLC and the Hispanic Community, and assists with ESL program development and instruction.

Beatrice Rivera is the bilingual Health Literacy project leader and ESL assistant.

Board

  • Bruce Davis, President 2017-2020
  • Lori Miller, Vice President 2017-2020
  • Suzanne Rooker, Secretary 2017-2018
  • Kathy Hale, Board Treasurer & SPLS Director, permanent

Members

  • Kristen Wagoner 2018-2020
  • Rick Cheaney 2017-2019
  • Doug Dalton 2018-2020
  • Katrina Ellis 2017-2019
  • Sabina Garrett 2017-2019
  • Ryan Howard 2018-2020
  • Carlos Mendoza 2018-2020
  • Don Altom 2018-2020
  • Jacquelyn Parrish 2018-2020
  • Crystal Davis 2018-2020


History

The Great Plains Literacy Council (GPLC) was established as a 501(c) 3 organization (EIN 73-1310865) in 1985 with a mission to provide basic adult literacy services in Jackson and Harmon Counties. GPLC is a member of the Oklahoma Literacy Coalition, ProLiteracy, and the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.

Funding

GPLC ‘s Community Literacy, Health Literacy, and Immigration & Citizenship Programs are funded through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with a federal grant from the Institute of Museums and Library Services. Additional funding is provided through the annual “Grate Spelling Bee” event.