The students are people who range in age from 19 to 75, live in the greater Stoughton area and may come from countries other than the United States. Some of the students are Americans who struggled for years with literacy issues. While some of the students come to the program with major reading difficulties, others desire to improve their writing or speaking skills. For some students, whether American or immigrant, the G.E.D. is a prized goal. Regardless of what specific literacy challenge brought them to the program, the students share the goal of improving their skills.