At the heart of our work is teaching adult learners to read, write, and do basic math. That’s because proficiency in these areas is a game-changer for people who are otherwise unable to attain employment, thrive in school, gain citizenship, and pursue other life opportunities.
With a small professional staff and over 100 volunteers, in our last program year CLC provided over 4,000 hours of small group and individualized instruction for 500+ enrolled adult learners, including:
- Basic skills instruction in reading, writing, science, social studies, and math
- High School Equivalency (GED and HiSET ) preparation classes
- English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) for immigrants
- Workplace basic skills and job preparation
- Basic financial literacy
- Digital literacy and computer skills
- GED and citizenship preparation
Our learners range in age from 18 to 80 and speak over a dozen languages. Our students face great challenges and strive for success against tremendous odds, however, they each share one common element – the desire to learn, to achieve, and to live a better life.
Community Learning Center offers remote direct instruction through online learning tools and paper-based methods.
Remote online learning provides the same benefits and instruction as being in the traditional classroom setting. Learners are able to join virtual classrooms, view live-streamed lessons, video conference one-on-one with teachers, tutors, and classmates, and participate in personalized online assignments.
While CLC offers resources to learners who may otherwise not have access to computers or internet, we understand that for some paper-based learning is preferred. CLC instructors are still able to provide the support needed to our learners by providing work packets mailed to your home and during daily phone calls and voice-instruction.
Student Support Program
CLC’s Student Support Program provides essential support to learners in all classes and tutoring groups. SSP offers transition support to post-secondary schools and job training programs, career coaching, job readiness instruction, and digital and financial literacy workshops. Student Support Staff hold one-on-one meetings to help learners stay on track and make referrals to local social services agencies when needed.
Community Learning Center collaborates with other agencies in Philadelphia to provide the best services possible for our students. CLC continues 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.
CLC also refers interested learners to Pennsylvania’s Distance Learning Project (DLP) which provides online courses for adults. DLP offers instruction in Adult Basic Education (ABE), high school equivalency preparation, transition to workplace and college, English as a Second Language (ESL), U.S. naturalization test preparation, and TOEFL test preparation. Distance learners are assigned DLP teachers and may work online or with books.
UPDATE: We are still providing services remotely during the pandemic and have free resources to help you learn.