Community Learning Center serves some of the most vulnerable adults in Philadelphia.
19% of adults in Philadelphia lack a high school diploma (Philadelphia: the State of the City, 2014 Update, The Pew Charitable Trusts).
52% of all working-age adults in Philadelphia lack the literacy skills needed to compete effectively in the economy, compared to just 38% state-wide (Help Wanted, Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, 2009).
11% of the city is foreign-born, and only 45% of those individuals are naturalized U.S. citizens. 20% of the city speaks a language other than English at home (2005-2009 American Community Survey, U.S. Census).
Philadelphia's need for literacy services and English language instruction is immense. To meet these needs, CLC serves adults 18 years of age or older without a high school diploma; those with less than an eighth grade skills level; those on public assistance; the working poor; minorities; and immigrants.