TOWNSEND LEARNING CENTER

WHERE A BETTER FUTURE BEGINS
Our 50th Anniversary

Fifty years ago, my mother, Rose Jane Townsend and I sat at her kitchen table and sketched out a plan for opening a learning center. Our dream was to use our collective years of experience teaching remedial reading to help children and adults who had trouble reading or learning. A humble $5000 brought us enough furniture, books, and teaching materials to get started in a rental office above the stores in Chagrin Falls. Back in 1970 we were the only learning center on the east side of Cleveland. A few ads in the local paper, and some speaking engagements at area PTAs and faculty meetings brought in enough business to cover our rent.

Our mission was always to determine what each person needed, and to ferret out what was in the way of their learning. We put together a tool chest of diagnostic tests and protocols, and we learned how to listen closely, to be sensitive to what worked and didn’t work to help each individual learn optimally.

Before long, we moved to larger offices, and hired several teachers. We even needed a front desk receptionist! We were known in the greater community for helping people of all ages learn the way that worked best for them. Our secret was intensive one-on-one diagnostic teaching with a pinch of fun thrown in!

Tragically, Rose Jane died of a cerebral aneurysm only five years after we founded Townsend Learning Center. To this day I consult with her “virtually"; how would you handle this, Mom?

I never considered closing Townsend, or moving on to another career. Instead, my creative team and I expanded our unique approach to learning to high schoolers applying to colleges, adults struggling to succeed in the workplace, and veterans who had been injured while enlisted. By 1999, we had learning centers in Toledo, Youngstown, Akron, and Cleveland. I sold the learning center in Chagrin Falls to Tony Whitehouse who carried on the individualized tutoring program.

In 2005 we increased our adult services to include injured workers who wanted to stay employed but who could no longer fulfill their job duties. With the immeasurable creativity of our team, led by Linda Malik, we created the flagship Work Adjustment program in Northeast Ohio, determining each individual’s readiness and physical ability to return to work, and helping them gain the skills necessary for working in an office environment. We have graduated over 500 workers who are happily and suitably employed.

Whew! After fifty years, we were required to innovate once again. Covid-19 mandated that we train some of our clients remotely. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as our students learned necessary skills of using technology to work from home. The remote learning program is highly successful, and will be an ongoing part of our curriculum, no matter what the future holds.

We invite you to celebrate our first fifty years! We would love to see you...our offices are Covid-clean and everyone is wearing a mask! Give us a call, and let us know you are coming!

Our Mission

We believe that everyone can gain the skills and confidence through continued learning to reach their goals. Our programming has been specifically designed for students in all stages of life, from veterans and workers returning to the workplace after injury to adults, young adults, and children in need of academic tutoring and SAT test preparation.

COVID 19

Townsend Learning Center is still here! 

We are happy to work with your clients in our center where our staff is fully vaccinated and eager to work with your referrals. We continue to comply with social distancing guidelines by serving a reduced number of clients and sanitation guidelines with updated cleaning procedures.

In order to accommodate our reduced in-center capacity, we are offering your clients remote Short Term Training through our online training center.  BWC has made allowances for managers to change WA authorizations over to Short Term Training to enable our clients to work remotely with our excellent online instructors.

Thank you for your faith and loyalty to Townsend. We look forward to working with you again in the near future! Take good care of yourself, and enjoy your families and all the things that truly matter.


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How can we help you?

I'm an Adult Learner

Townsend's tutoring and training programs help adults reach their academic and career goals. We provide holistic learning opportunities specifically designed to help adults with employment barriers as well as those hoping to improve their job skills.

I'm a Case Manager or Counselor

Our unique work adjustment, training, situational assessment, and MOS & A+ Certification programs are specifically designed to ease the transition for people with disabilities, workers with injuries, and veterans returning to the workplace.

I'm a Student or Parent.

Since 1969, Townsend has helped thousands of students improve their learning skills as well as ACT & SAT scores. Students who work with our experienced and knowledgeable staff gain a new level of confidence as they learn how to overcome learning barriers.

ABOUT

Townsend Learning Center has evolved in to a multi-faceted education center specializing in adult education and tutoring for adults with disabilities as well as comprehensive training for those with barriers to employment while also serving children and families looking to advance their educational opportunities.
In our 50+ years in existence, we have grown and changed in so many ways. Throughout our evolution, however, we have always believed that education equals opportunity and continue to maintain our mission to extend opportunities to everyone.

Townsend Learning Center

  •   216-472-8300
  •   1667 East 40th Street, Suite 1B

    Cleveland, Ohio 44103

Check out our 50th anniversary page!

  •   info@learnwithus.com.

OUR TEAM

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Vocational Rehabilitation

Academic Tutoring

Since 1969, Townsend Learning Center has helped thousands of school-aged students improve their grades and learning skills. Students who work with our experienced and knowledgeable staff gain a new level of confidence as they learn how to overcome learning barriers. Whether it’s a jump start on a new subject, help with a learning disability, or simply learning study skills, Townsend Learning Centers can meet your client's needs.

Also, we offer help determining if a referral is a good candidate for the program through our situational assessment.

Work Adjustment
Specifically designed to ease the transition for people with disabilities, workers with injuries, and veterans returning to the workplace, our innovative immersion approach to learning allows us to offer more.

• An open environment allows students to work individually or collaboratively.

• Communication skills, teamwork, problem solving, time management, organization, and self-motivation are built in to the program.

• Proficiency in MS Office through carefully designed "hands-on" tasks.

• A nurturing and safe learning environment designed to address the whole person.

Job Skills Training

The expansive curriculum, offered at our distinctive learning center and through our Online Learning Center, is more than just computer training. We provide learning opportunities specifically designed to help adults with employment barriers. We understand the intricacies of today’s fast-paced and competitive work environment.

Our training modules address not only computer literacy but also the interpersonal communication and professional development skills critical to successful, long-term employment.
Situational Assessment

The Situational Assessment is a two to three week placement in the same simulated office environment where we offer work adjustment and training. During this period, we are able to evaluate a referral’s aptitude for learning clerical and computer skills as well as their physical adjustment to an office setting. Our assessment includes CAPS and COPs to help find the best placement for our clients.

Academic Success

Academic Tutoring
Why Townsend? Since 1969, Townsend Learning Center has helped thousands of school-aged students improve their grades and learning skills. Students who work with our experienced and knowledgeable staff gain a new level of confidence as they learn how to overcome learning barriers. Parents navigating an ever more complicated school system, whether public or private, consult our professionals for help in approaching teachers, supporting studying at home, assessing learning skills, and advocating for special help in school. Families participating in home schooling come to Townsend for help in assessing and measuring progress in their children's learning, in both individual tutoring for specific subjects and general support in reading, writing, math, and study skills.

Whether it’s a jump start on a new subject over the summer break, help with a learning disability, or simply learning study skills, Townsend Learning Centers can meet your needs.
ACT/SAT Test Prep
Nowhere is our motto of Learning to Learn more relevant than in the world of standardized testing. Learning the format, design, and style of a test is just as important as knowing the content, so our SAT/ACT philosophy is to enable students to think like the test-makers. This unique approach allows Townsend students to spot wrong answers, avoid traps, and use simple logic to maximize their scores. Townsend also understands how important confidence is to test-taking, and strives to give students the advantage of going into test day knowing they are prepared. These methods, as well as reviews of the most essential concepts on the test, give Townsend students the skills necessary to succeed! With former Townsend students scattered throughout the Ivy League, Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, Vanderbilt, and many other premier colleges and universities, we offer a proven track record of achievement. In this increasingly competitive collegiate landscape, let Townsend help you meet your academic goals and test your best!

Adult Learning

Academic Tutoring
Since 1969, Townsend Learning Center has helped thousands of school-aged students improve their grades and learning skills. Students who work with our experienced and knowledgeable staff gain a new level of confidence as they learn how to overcome learning barriers. Whether it’s a jump start on a new subject over the summer break, help with a learning disability or simply learning study skills, Townsend Learning Centers can meet your needs.
Job Skills Training
The expansive curriculum offered at our distinctive learning center is more than just computer training. We provide holistic learning opportunities specifically designed to help adults with employment barriers. We understand the intricacies of today’s fast-paced and competitive work environment.
Our training modules address not only computer literacy but also the interpersonal communication and professional development skills critical to successful, long-term employment.
Find us!

Location:

Northeast Ohio

Townsend Learning Center

1667 East 40th Street, Suite 1B

Cleveland, OH 44103

216.472.8300

Departments:

Work Adjustment, Training and Situational Assessment:

Linda Malik

216.472.8300 ext 105

linda@learnwithus.com

SAT/ACT Test Prep

Brian Handke

brian.handke@learnwithus.com

216-472-8300 ext 139