Empowering Adults since 1987


In the heart of Simpson County, a vision to transform lives through literacy took shape in September 1987 with the establishment of the Simpson County Literacy Council, Inc. Recognized federally as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in October of that year, we embarked on a mission aligned with the nationwide literacy push, dedicating ourselves to serving the adult population of our community.

From the outset, our commitment has been to offer comprehensive literacy services free of charge, a testament to our belief in the transformative power of education. These services have been made possible through the sustained generosity of our funding partners, whose support has been crucial to our operations and growth. Over the years, our reach and offerings have expanded significantly, adapting to the changing needs and challenges faced by those we serve.

In 2006, a pivotal moment in our history occurred with the purchase of a building in Franklin, KY. This space has since become the heart of our operations, a home from which we’ve launched countless initiatives and programs designed to empower our students. Initially operating as the Simpson County Literacy Center, this move marked a new chapter in our dedication to adult education.

Our programming has evolved to include a wide range of educational opportunities, from Adult Basic Education (ABE) to English Language Learning (ELL), High School Equivalency (HSE), and computer literacy. These core programs have been complemented over time by specialized offerings in financial literacy, family literacy, and health literacy, reflecting our holistic approach to education.

In 2017, we embraced a significant rebranding to better reflect our mission and the breadth of our impact. This evolution continued into 2024, when we adopted the name South Central Literacy Council. This change underscores our commitment to serving a broader community and highlights the scope of our reach and aspirations.

Today, our team of three full-time staff members works with adult students from all walks of life, a testament to the enduring need for and value of literacy education. Our impact extends far beyond the classroom, empowering individuals to achieve their personal and professional goals, and contributing to the overall health and vitality of our community.

Recognizing the shifting landscapes of education and technology, we are now expanding into digital distance learning. This initiative aims to meet students where they are, increasing the accessibility of our programs for those who are homebound or require more flexible learning options. Through this and all our efforts, we strive to be a beacon of hope and opportunity, illuminating the path to a brighter future through literacy.

As we look back on the years since our inception, we are filled with gratitude for the journey and for every life we’ve touched. The South Central Literacy Council stands as a testament to the power of community, collaboration, and the enduring belief that literacy is the key to unlocking potential and fostering a more equitable and prosperous world.


We empower the people of our community by providing adult basic education opportunities


Sarah Richardson


Jessica Helton


Stephanie Downey

Financial Officer

Mary Beth Schlosser


Amanda East


J'Nora Anderson


Jaimie Dyer





With a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky, Josh’s journey has spanned roles from project engineering to leadership positions in education and marketing, culminating in a fervent desire to contribute to the nonprofit sector. Josh’s professional path is marked by a commitment to leveraging his skill set for community impact, driven by a desire to make a tangible difference through education.

At home, Josh is a devoted husband and father to three daughters. Outside of work he enjoys the outdoors, backpacking, guitar, and all things “nerdy”.

Karrie Morris


Karrie is an alum of WKU that came on board as an instructor in July of 2022. Karrie has a masters in organizational leadership and adult education. Karrie has instructed workforce development training programs at various levels of organizations for 10 years. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three adult children, hiking, kayaking, traveling, and reading.

April Gregory


April is our Center Coordinator. She lives in Franklin, where she is raising her three children. She loves reading, yoga, hiking and traveling