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CLC provides instruction free of charge in Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Educational Development (GED) Examination Preparation, and English for Speakers of Other Languages. Classes take place at several community locations in North Philadelphia and Center City. In addition, we offer ABE/GED students a distance learning option. We welcome all who are at least 16 years old and who wish to enroll

Community Learning Center also provides Move Up classes to prepare TANF recipients for employment, and as a
Pennsylvania Workforce Improvement Network (PA WIN) affiliate, CLC coordinates with employers to provide customized foundation skills training for incumbent employees in the workplace.

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Luz Rivera and Victor Wiles
Anita Jones Two Female Students Delphine Pyrear Chaquilla and Ginelle

Adult Basic Education and GED Preparation

Our ABE/GED classes focus on essential reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, and science, as well as life and employability skills. Our students attend to improve their skills and broaden their general knowledge. Many participate to be able to help their children with homework, to have a voice at their children's school, and to improve their families' lives. Others aspire to taking the GED examination, which consists of five tests — reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. By passing the GED exam, adults receive a high school diploma from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Comedian Bill Cosby, Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton, former New Jersey Governor Jim Florio, Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner, U.S. Senator John Nighthorse Campbell, and Wendy's founder, Dave Thomas, are just a few of the thousands of people who have earned GED certificates.

Our Reading, Writing, Math, and Computer Skills for Every Day class provides Adult Basic Education instruction for those wishing to improve basic, practical skills required to function effectively as a head of household, engaged citizen, informed consumer, and responsible employee.

English for Speakers of Other Languages

Our ESOL classes provide instruction in life skills and the four areas of language development: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Move Up

Pennsylvania's Departments of Education and Public Welfare launched the Move Up initiative in 2005. As a Move Up provider, Community Learning Center offers classes providing intensive instruction in reading, math, GED preparation, and job readiness to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) clients to equip clients to find and maintain employment, and hence to achieve financial independence. Our Move Up classes convene at our partner agency, New Wave Resources, Inc. Those wishing to enroll in Move Up should speak with their Welfare case managers.

Pennsylvania Workforce Improvement Network

Pennsylvania Workforce Improvement Network (PA WIN) encourages and supports the expansion of Adult Basic and Literacy Education agencies' ability to provide customized foundation skills training for employees in the workplace. As a PA WIN affiliate agency, CLC has a program developer who bridges the worlds of education and business. CLC works with PA CareerLink, local Workforce Investment Boards, and employers, assisting them in assessing employers’ and workers’ foundation skills and designing high quality, customized foundation skills training to meet those needs. Foundation skills are those needed by employees to be effective and safe in their work environment. The Foundation Skills Framework provides a common language and understanding of the basic skills, knowledge, and competencies adults need to secure and advance in employment. In addition, CLC can customize a workplace language program for employees who speak English as
their second language.

CLC students say... 

At CLC I can further my education and soon change my career. I’m currently learning all of the math I never learned because I dropped out of school. — Gena

I am happy because I can speak a little more English. My teachers taught me how to speak English. — Serafin

Community Learning Center helped me take charge of my life and helped me move forward. I know I can do it. 
— Heather

Class Schedule, 2008-2009

CLC offers classes at several locations. Our main site is located on the lower level at 280l Frankford Avenue, Frankford Avenue and Somerset Street.

Missy and Chaquilla

ABE/GED Classes:

CLC’s Main Site, Lower Level, 2801 Frankford Avenue (Frankford Avenue and Somerset Street)

Class C1:                                Intensive ABE/GED Class
Attend four times per week:     Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Class C2:                               ABE/GED Class
Attend two times per week:     Monday and Thursday, 5:45–8:45 p.m.  

1617 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, One Penn Center,  Suburban Station Building, 2nd Floor, Offices of the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation, CareerLink

Class J2:                               Intensive ABE/GED Class
Attend three times per week:  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 1:10– 4:30 p.m.      

ESOL Classes:

Taller Puertorriqueno, Education Building, Theater Room, 2557-59 North 5th Street     

Class T1:                              Intensive ESOL Class
Attend four times per week:   Monday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m.
–12:00 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

 Mann Older Adult Center, 3201 North 5th Street (1/2 block north of Allegheny Avenue)

Class M1:                             ESOL Class
Attend two times per week:    Monday and Thursday, 12:45–3:45 p.m.

How to Enroll

From September 2008 through June 2009, the Adult Basic Education/GED and ESOL classes listed above are meeting for 10-week cycles:

          Fall: Monday, September 8 - Thursday, November 13
          Winter: Monday, November 17 - Thursday, February  5
          Spring I: Monday, February 9 - Thursday, April 16
          Spring II: Monday, April 20 - Thursday, June 25

We accept new students at the beginning of each cycle. Those who attend classes during one cycle may continue for the next cycle, too. There is no preregistration. New students simply go to the first class of the cycle, bring lined paper and a pen or pencil, and stay for the entire class session. 

We welcome students 16 years of age and older. Those younger than 18 must present a "drop slip" from their high school.

Other Classes and Distance Learning

We offer free ABE/GED tutoring year-round on Mondays and Fridays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Suburban Station CareerLink, Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation, One Penn Center, 1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd., 2nd Floor. Students need to show photo identification at the security desk in the building lobby before taking the elevator to the second floor.  We accept new students on an ongoing basis. 

Our Adult Basic Education class, Reading, Writing, Math, and Computer Skills for Every Day, meets on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons at 2801 Frankford Avenue. We request that those who are interested in joining this class contact the teacher, Carol Miller at or . 

We are a Move Up provider, offering ABE/GED classes for TANF clients. The classes take place at our partner organization, New Wave Resources, Inc., 42 South 15th Street. To enroll in Move Up, prospective students need to consult their case managers.

Community Learning Center offers ABE/GED students a distance learning option, which, like our classes, is free of charge. Distance learners study outside a classroom and communicate with a teacher by telephone, e-mail, and postal mail. Under the teacher's guidance, students use the Internet, books, videos, and other materials. Distance learners need a quiet place to study for at least five hours each week. We invite those who are interested in distance learning to come to our classroom at 2801 Frankford Avenue for assessment and intake from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. on the second Friday of the month:  September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12, January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10, May 8, or June 12.

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