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About Us

Community Learning Center empowers adults in Philadelphia who are facing economic disadvantage with the academic and employment skills necessary to realize their fullest potential at home and in the workforce.

Our Values

Lifelong Learning

We believe all adults can learn and grow.

Inclusion

We foster an inclusive space in which all cultures, traditions, and social identities are welcomed and respected.

Equity

We create equal access to education because systemic injustices lead to unequal opportunities and barriers to participation.

Collaboration

We seek out the knowledge and experience of our community partners and work together on shared goals.

Celebration

We believe learning is empowering and deserves to be celebrated.

2019 Graduation from Community Learning Center

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Adult education

At the heart of our work is teaching adult learners to read, write, and do basic math.

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Distance learning

Remote learning, on your terms. Learn about PA’s Distance Learning Project.

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Student support

Providing essential support to learners in all classes and tutoring groups.

Instructors

Volunteers

Adult Learners

Our History

In 1987, founder Jean Fleschute launched an adult education program called Community Learning Center (CLC), meeting a dire local need for adults who had not finished high school. Starting with 67 students, Ms. Fleschute and devoted volunteers taught classes in the Germantown, Kensington, and West Oak Lane neighborhoods and began CLC’s hallmark of student-centered education that promotes a love of lifelong learning. 

In 1994, Community Learning Center became an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Throughout its history CLC has worked diligently to establish its reputation as an outcome-driven organization. 

Today, CLC’s two main locations at 2701 North Broad Street (at Lehigh Avenue) and at 229 North 63rd Street (between Race and Vine Streets) in West Philadelphia serve as campuses for myPLACE, an assessment and referral service funded by Philadelphia’s Office of Adult Education (formerly called the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy), the starting point for adult education services in Philadelphia. CLC’s West Philadelphia site is also the location of CLC’s Pearson Vue Authorized Test Center, where candidates can take the GED® and other Pearson Vue tests.

Building on a long history of partnership with other organizations, CLC is currently growing its partnership with Philadelphia Works Inc., a nonprofit that finances and oversees employment and training services that enable Philadelphians to find and qualify for work. Through this partnership, CLC offers classes at three PA CareerLink® sites and teaches occupationally relevant academic skills to participants in a building trades workforce development program.

Philadelphia GED program students and free adult education in classroom

Read more from our 2019 Impact Report

In 2019, over 86% of our highschool level learners graduated! See our full impact report for more.

Community Learning Center is run by a dedicated team of nonprofit professionals and educational experts. Click to see the full team.

OUR LEADERSHIP

Kimmell J. Proctor

Kimmell J. Proctor

Executive Director

Dawn Hannah

Dawn Hannah

Director of Education

Rosemary Haenn

Rosemary Haenn

Operations Manager

OUR COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTER TEAM

Philadelphia GED program students and free adult education in classroom

CLC is so different from anywhere else I had ever been. It is full of wonderful, welcoming people who support you. I couldn’t believe it when they said the classes were free.

Francisco Hernandez
CLC Learner

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Enrico Crispo

Enrico Crispo

President, Principal Management Development Specialist, Human Resources

PECO
Robert Young

Robert Young

Vice President, Retired. Previously General Counsel

Airgas, Inc.
Lisa McLemore

Lisa McLemore

Treasurer, Tax Principal

RSM US LLP
Jeffrey K. Daman

Jeffrey K. Daman

Secretary, Attorney

Partner at Daman and Associates

Alison Diflorio

Alison Diflorio

Managing Partner, Human Capital Consulting Division

Exude, Inc.
Mary Flournoy

Mary Flournoy

Retired Librarian

The Free Library of Philadelphia
Caleb Garcia

Caleb Garcia

Manager, Flagship Personal Advisor Services

The Vanguard Group
Julie Jones

Julie Jones

Assistant Vice President, Procurement Services

Drexel University
Ivy McDaniels

Ivy McDaniels

Communications Director

Beck Institute
Dale Mezzacappa

Dale Mezzacappa

Adjunct Professor; Contributing Editor

Contributing Editor at the Philadelphia Public School Notebook as well as an Adjunct Professor at Swarthmore College
Karen Michael

Karen Michael

Vice President, Corporate Medical Management

AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies
Malcolm Yates

Malcolm Yates

Director of District Engagement & Constituent Outreach

US House of Representatives – Rep Mary Gay Scanlon

Transparency

Financial Statement and Documentation

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Community Partners

Community Learning Center collaborates with other agencies in Philadelphia to provide the best services possible for our students.

CLC is an an outcome-oriented agency, and has a well-earned reputation for providing excellent instruction, comprehensive referrals, and supportive case management services. Throughout our partnership, CLC’s team of professionals has
helped us to be better serve our customers.

Christopher Paul
CareerLink West

Looking to Partner?

If you are interested in becoming a CLC community partner, please contact us for more information.

Corporate Partners

A huge thank you to our corporate sponsors and their generosity!

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CLC’s work in the community to address the wide-spread continuing issue of adult literacy is rooted in their great compassion for our city and its far too many under-privileged citizens.

Julie Jones,
Associate Vice President, AP & Procurement Services,
Drexel University

Looking to sponsor?

Sponsoring a CLC event is a great way to show your support to the CLC community. If you are interested in sponsoring an upcoming CLC event or program, please contact us for more information.

Careers

We currently do not have any job openings available at this time. Please check back regularly for future employment opportunities.

Community Learning Center is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, race, color, physical or developmental ability, or ethnic origin in the hiring of its personnel.

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UPDATE: We are still providing services remotely during the pandemic and have free resources to help you learn.