Applying for a job? You’ve got to ‘Learn to Earn’, and the Cape Fear Literacy Council can help is your source for free news and information in the Wilmington area.

WILMINGTON — Applying for a job can cause anxiety for anyone; it requires research and networking, writing a resume that reflects relevant qualifications, preparing for an interview, reaching out to references, and being both patient and persistent.  For those who struggle to understand a job description or application instructions, the job search process is even more stressful.  

It should come as no surprise that unemployment rates are higher among the least educated adults.

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Jodie and Phyllis in the ‘Learn to Earn’ program. (Courtesy of Cape Fear Literacy Council)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for people with less than a high school diploma is 8.0 percent; nearly double the national unemployment rate of 4.3 percent.

One local organization is working to help change that. The Cape Fear Literacy Council (CFLC) has offered tutoring services to local adults for more than 30 years. With a mission to provide personalized education so adults can transform their lives and contribute to a stronger community, CFLC also offers a work readiness class that teaches the fundamentals of the job search process.

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Program Coordinator Ginger Brick (C), with participants from the ‘Learn to Earn’ program. (Courtesy: Cape Fear Literacy Council)

CFLC’s “Learn to Earn” teaches reading for the workplace, critical thinking, and vocabulary commonly used in job postings and applications. In harmony with existing Cape Fear Literacy Council tutoring services, each “Learn to Earn” participant is paired with a mentor who reinforces the concepts learned in class and helps prepare him/her for services with job placement agencies. “Learn to Earn” provides a boost in confidence for those struggling with their job search.

The “Learn to Earn” class is for adults who read at a seventh-grade level and above, including those are underemployed or who took breaks from working for personal reasons and need to improve their job prospects.  It is also for immigrants who held high positions in their home countries but lack the English language skills necessary to apply for local jobs.

Prospective participants or volunteer mentors for the “Learn to Earn” class can contact Ginger Brick at the Cape Fear Literacy Council, (910) 251-0911, to learn more.

For more information about the Cape Fear Literacy Council, visit their website at

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