Workplace Literacy

The Workplace Literacy Program is designed to increase participants’ ability to read and comprehend written materials so that they are better prepared for on-the-job performance tasks that require reading for understanding. The program is also intended to help prepare participants for future career movement.

Workplace Literacy was introduced on campus in 2013 and is now one of the Learning at Work Academy programs.

This University program utilizes the Read180 system designed and distributed through Scholastic. It employs instructor-led activities, modeled and independent reading, and computer-based training to teach reading & comprehension skills, vocabulary, spelling, and writing. Notre Dame is unique in providing and adapting this program for adult staff.

Program Format

Class size is limited to 15 students per cohort. A typical cohort runs 18 months, during which students meet three (3) times per week for 90 minutes per session.

The intensive learning process uses computer-based training, individual reading and group work. It is expected that reading levels will increase an average of 75 points.


Participants are nominated by their supervisors. Selection is based on the participant’s ability to:

  • Read materials written in English at a designated lexile level
  • Advance within their department or to laterally transfer to other positions within the University
  • Have good attendance and performance records (i.e., no “Requires Improvement” for either Goals or Values.
  • Attend classes three times a week and complete at-home reading assignments.

To Apply

  • Notify your supervisor of your interest
  • Supervisors may contact askHR at or 631-5900 to communicate directly with a member of the Learning & Development team or the program manager.