Who ARE WE?

Our Mission

The mission of Lafayette Adult Resource Academy is to empower, encourage, and elevate adult learners through education and training, enriching lives, and our community.

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Our Vision

LARA provides an environment that empowers students to develop a personal vision, creating a career path through educational opportunities where success is realized in real-life experiences.

Our Core Values

With integrity; be accountable, reliable, resourceful, compassionate, collaborative, and positive.

Extraordinary Experiences

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Our history

1976-1979

YWCA Reading Academy

Community leaders including JoAnn Vorst, Director, and Alden Moe, Purdue professor, identified a strong need for an adult education and language program in Tippecanoe county. These individuals worked with nine city service agencies in writing a literacy proposal to the United States Office of Education, Right to Read Initiative. The proposal was funded under the name Reading Academy, and the YWCA of Greater Lafayette chose to house the program, becoming The Reading Academy’s fiscal agent. 

1976-1979

1979-2001

Lafayette Adult Reading Academy

As the program was expanding to offer more services, director JoAnn Vorst  saw the need for placing the Academy under the auspices of a local educational agency. The Lafayette School Corporation (LSC) became its new fiscal agent, and the program was renamed Lafayette Adult Reading Academy (LARA), a cooperative program of the YWCA and LSC. Through this expansion, LARA started establishing satellite centers at Wabash Center, the Tippecanoe County Jail, and other community sites. LARA then decided to operate entirely under the LSC and ended its formal partnership with the YWCA. 

1979-2001

2001-Present

Lafayette Adult Resource Academy

In 2001, LARA changed its name to Lafayette Adult Resource Academy to better reflect its diversified curriculum and services for the community. LARA relocated from the Loeb building to its current location in the Washington School in downtown Lafayette. This location shares a building with the Oakland high school, and it allows for more centralized resources for LARA’s students. 

2001-Present

2001-Present

Recognitions + The Future

In 2001, LARA changed its name to Lafayette Adult Resource Academy to better reflect its diversified curriculum and services for the community. LARA relocated from the Loeb building to its current location in the Washington School in downtown Lafayette. This location shares a building with the Oakland high school, and it allows for more centralized resources for LARA’s students. 

2001-Present
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