The English Skills Learning Center was founded as Literacy Volunteers of America - Wasatch Front (LVA-WF) in 1988 by Mary Hausen. Mary had previously worked with a Connecticut affiliate and was also active at the national level. Initially, the organization provided adult basic literacy and ESL services. One of the major successes was a program aimed at children who were reading below grade level in elementary school. This program, I Can Read, was later adopted by Utah State Office of Education and implemented statewide.
In the face of a rapidly growing population of refugees and other immigrants, LVA-WF began to put more emphasis on helping adult non-English speakers, and since 2001 has worked exclusively in the field of English as a Second Language. After LVA National merged with Laubach Literacy to become ProLiteracy America, we changed our name to English Skills Learning Center in September 2003 to better reflect the emphasis of our programs. We are a non-profit organization and maintain 501 (c) 3 status with the IRS.