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Since 1987, CLC has served more than 6,000 adult and teen learners. CLC fosters personal growth, economic self-sufficiency, and the pursuit of lifelong learning. We help our learners to improve their reading, writing, math, and computer skills and to expand their sphere of general knowledge. We also help our learners transition to employment, college, and job training programs, and to overcome difficult societal and personal issues that can otherwise impede the attainment of goals.
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Adult Basic Education and GED Preparation. Classes are held at community locations in North Philadelphia. In addition, CLC participates in the Move Up initiative and the College and Career Advancement Program (CCAP). CLC also partners with Suburban Station Pennsylvania CareerLink and is a Pennsylvania Workforce Improvement Network (PA WIN) affiliate.
book drives and grants from foundations such as First Book, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own new books, we acquire and distribute children's literature. We teach caregivers the importance of reading to children, and we explain, through book talks and storytelling, how to select and read literature to youngsters. By reading to children, our adult learners improve their own skills, too.
CLC is based in North Philadelphia's Kensington neighborhood, which bears the 19134 zip code.
Twenty-two percent of Philadelphia's adults lack everyday literacy skills.
(Above statistics are from Community Report Cards 2007, Mayor's Commission on Children; U.S. Census 2000; Philadelphia Inquirer, 11/30/07; National Center for Education Statistics Literacy Survey, 2003; Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/9/2009)
|CLC students who obtain their GED are honored at our annual Awards and Graduation Ceremony. Our graduates have gone on to post-secondary education, job training programs, and career-path employment.
|Stephanie Chuang Fahringer
Stephanie Fahringer, development assistant and teacher, earned a B.A. and a teaching certificate at Swarthmore College. She has prior experience as a writing teacher at Laboratory Charter School, Philadelphia; a long-term substitute teacher at Abington Friends School; a tutor in Mandarin Chinese; and an English teacher at Tianjin University of Science and Technology, China.
Abby Orenstein, a Move Up teacher, earned a B.A. in theatre arts from Brandeis University and an M.A. in English education from Columbia University. She has prior experience teaching language arts, yoga, dance, music, and folk shul.
Patty Haggerty teaches Intermediate Adult Basic Education/Pre-GED and GED/Transition. She earned two bachelor's degrees from Rutgers University, one in art and the other in biology. Patty has experience in adult, elementary, and preschool education. In addition, she has management experience. Before joining our staff, Patty served as a volunteer at CLC.
|Steven C. Schaller
Steven Schaller graduated from Georgia Southern University with a B.S. in speech communication and from the University of South Florida with a Master's in reading education. He taught at-risk youth at the Broach School and children with learning differences at Center Academy in Florida. In addition, Steven served as an AmeriCorp volunteer in Escondido, California. Steven is our ABE/GED teacher at Suburban Station CareerLink, and he teaches our CCAP class.
|Carol S. Miller
Carol Miller serves as associate director and an Adult Basic Education and Move Up teacher. She received a B.S. in Education magna cum laude from Millersville University of Pennsylvania, and she earned an M.B.A. from Villanova University, where she was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Societies. A former middle school language arts teacher, Carol had a 25-year career in management at a large corporate law firm. She has also had broad, in-depth experience as a volunteer for nonprofit organizations, domestic and international.
|Christy A. Stephens
Christy Stephens, our transition and life skills counselor, graduated from Ohio State University with a B.A. in psychology. She taught social studies at Delaware Valley High School, physical education and technology at Central Ohio Christian School, and ninth grade at the Crittenton Community School in Columbus, Ohio. Christy has served as a volunteer at the Saturday Academy in Philadelphia and for HOPE worldwide.
Sarah O'Doherty teaches our intensive Intermediate ABE/Pre-GED class. She graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in history and a teaching certificate. Thereafter, she attended Arcadia University, where she earned a C.A.S., certifying her to be a school principal, and an M.Ed., with certification as a reading specialist. Sarah was a classroom teacher at St. Francis of Assisi School and the Project Learn School in Philadelphia. She was a reading specialist at the Temple Laboratory School and in the Cheltenham School District, and she served as principal at the Shrewsbury Mountain School in Vermont. Sarah also has experience as a literacy consultant.
Rebecca Serfass Wagner
Becky Wagner, executive director, holds a B.A. in medical technology from Shippensburg State University, an M.S. in medical technology from the State University of New York, Buffalo, and a D.Ed. from Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg. She was previously coordinator of the Southeast Professional Development Center, Lancaster Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13; an ABE/GED and ESL teacher in the Adult Education Program, Lancaster Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13; an adjunct faculty member at Millersville University and Pennsylvania State University Great Valley; the owner of a computer software and application training company; a substitute science teacher in the Manheim Township, Manheim Central, and Ephrata School Districts; a clinical chemist at St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Care Center; a clinical chemistry instructor at Harrisburg Hospital School of Medical Technology; and a corporate trainer.
Board of Directors
Mary Flournoy, President
Retired Librarian, The Free Library of Philadelphia
Daniel V. Johns, Vice President
Partner, Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP
Fred Baumert, Treasurer
Civil Engineer, Keast & Hood Company
Jeffrey K. Daman, Secretary
Attorney, McCarter & English, LLP
Branville G. Bard, Jr.
Captain, 22nd District, Philadelphia Police Department
Vera Da Vinci
Program Manager, Division of College, Career, and Technical Education, School District of Philadelphia
West Area Administrator, The Free Library of Philadelphia
Irvin H. Hurwitz
Director of Institutional Advancement,
National Museum of American Jewish History
Vice President, Information Technology-IT PECO Solutions & Customer Platform, Exelon Corporation
Contributing Editor, Philadelphia Public School Notebook
Maria E. Mills-Torres
World Languages Content Specialist,
Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Development,
School District of Philadelphia
Vice President, Clinical Services,
Keystone Mercy Health Plan AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies
CLC Graduate; Student, Esperanza College of Eastern Unversity;
System Audit Project Leader, Internal Audit,
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
Vice President, Director of Human Resources,
Radian Group Inc.
Charlotte Blake Alston
CLC Graduate; Student, West Chester University
Janice M. Borlandoe
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs,
University of the District of Columbia
Business Consultant, IBM Corporation
April J. Dungy
Human Resources Consultant
Special Events Manager, JEVS Human Services
Director, Passport Advantage, Keystone Mercy Health Plan
Retired Coordinator, Office of Work with Children,
The Free Library of Philadelphia
Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs,
JEVS Human Services
Student, Community College of Philadelphia
Public Coordinator, The Free Library of Philadelphia
Harold Russell, D.V.M.
Andrea S. Taylor
Director of Training, Center for Intergenerational Learning,
Peter W. Yenawine
Founder and Chief Designer, Crystal Signatures
|We are profoundly grateful to our many government, foundation, corporate, and individual donors, whose financial support enables CLC to offer its classes and other services free of charge.
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