Our Mission

Empowering the communities we serve through lifelong learning.

Our Core Values

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We empower each other to make choices and pursue excellence in everything we do.

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We creatively adapt to a changing world in pursuit of lifelong learning.

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We treat each other with courtesy, politeness and kindness.

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We are committed to demonstrating honesty, trust and respect through our deeds and words.

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We achieve goals through caring, acceptance, teamwork and trust.

Our History

Exterior of CORE Batavia building.
Exterior of CORE Warsaw building.
Exterior of CORE Mt. Morris building.

Literacy West NY, Inc. started as Literacy Volunteers of Allegany County in 1986. Throughout the years our organization has grown, and our name has changed, however our mission remains the same. By empowering the communities we serve through lifelong learning, we continue to make an impact as an adult education organization in New York State. Our community classrooms have undergone a name change from Literacy West to CORE The Learning Center. CORE, creating opportunities in rural education, encompasses all the programs and services that we are able to offer our communities. As such, our classrooms offer so much more than reading and writing classes. We are a nonprofit agency that offers free community resources in GED prep, ESOL and Civics, Vocational training and certifications, Workforce Readiness, Digital Literacy/ Computer classes, and more. Our organization offers individuals an opportunity to learn in an environment that embodies a more innovative approach to learning. Proudly serving Allegany, Cattaraugus, Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming Counties for over 30 years. We’re here to help you achieve more today!