The Stanislaus Literacy Center has been awarded a $78,626 grant to help adults improve their English. The grant is part of $7.8 million that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services awarded to 75 agencies nationwide to promote citizenship education. Those who take the classes must be permanent legal residents. The students will be taught U.S. history and government to prepare them to take the test to become U.S. citizens. There is a great need for English classes for immigrant adults, said Karen Williams, the literacy center's executive director. She said many school districts have cut back on their adult education programs because of state budget cuts. She said classes should start in January and continue to summer. The literacy center expects to help 100 students. The classes are for speakers of any foreign language. For more information, call 522-0656.