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Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council

Rating: 4.88 stars   102 reviews 6,562

Address:

411 Seventh Ave., Ste. 550 Pittsburgh PA 15219 USA

Mission:

The mission of Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council is better lives through learning.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

GPLC provided services to approximately 4,300 students in 2015.

Geographic areas served:

Allegheny County

Programs:

   More than 135,000 adults in our area lack the reading, writing or math skills needed to read a utility bill, complete a job application, read a note from a child’s teacher or understand the instructions on a prescription bottle.   Through GPLC’s Adult Basic Education programs, men and women receive free instruction in reading, writing, math, GED preparation, health literacy, computers and workforce skills.  Some students work one-on-one with volunteer tutors and others are enrolled in classroom instruction.   They come to gain the skills they need to move off welfare, obtain jobs that allow them to support their families, make more informed health decisions, encourage their own children in school, and vote for the first time among many other accomplishments. 

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412-393-7600
www.gplc.org

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Reviews for Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council

Rating: 5 stars  

Hi, my name is Shaelanda D. I started attending Gplc May 2015. I dropped out of highschool in 2009, I was in the 9th grade when I dropped out due to bad attendance, not enough credits, while dealing with the responsibility of taking care of my siblings while my mom worked. I graduated and passed my Ged in July 2016. The staff here at Gplc are very kind. They feel like family too me. They guided me and supported me the whole way even when I wasn't confident. The staff I was more familiar with is Mrs.Kathy, Gail, and Andrea they were so awesome!!! I couldn't have did it without their help. Mrs. Kathy was my teacher. She is a great teacher, she's patient, and very kind! She's the best teacher I ever had I'll never forget her or any of the other staff that helped me along the way. I could go on forever, but GPLC is the best of the best! For adult education whether it is for GED or any other service they offer. They are very professional, but not snooty or rude. They actually care, they don't judge, and they treat you with respect and love! I love Gplc it I great.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I like gplc so mush because help me to learn Anglish _computer and have great teacher

tkank for gplc

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Rating: 5 stars  

GPLC helped me get my G.E.D. and get enrolled in college where I got my business degree.GPLC has continued to help me in my job hunt as well as numerous other related dealings.I continue to use GPLC as their staff has been very helpful to me in my time of need.So please,your support is greatly needed and appreciated. I will get to the next level thanks to your support. Thanx and God Bless!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I chose G.P.L.C.(Greater Pittsburgh Literary Council ) after looking into many other programs. It was quite easy for me to see that G.P.L.C. was the right fit for me. G.P.L.C was very encouraging and that helped me in my obtaining my G.E.D. My instructor, Kathy, was very key to me starting college classes. I have made the dean's list two semesters in a row and I am entering my last full semester at C.C.A.C. I would like people to know just how necessary that organizations such as G.P.L.C. are in guiding people to adult education with a good foundation. I wish to thank G.P.L.C. for all of their continued support in my goals. Thanx!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am excited to be a student at GPLC. I am working on my GED and things are going great!

To my instructor Kathy, I thank you for all your help.

 
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I just completed my training to become an adult basic education tutor and am blown away by the staff's enthusiasm, dedication, and passion for the mission. They are very talented trainers themselves - keeping the 4 nights of training fun and light-hearted, yet super-impactful. I'm eagerly waiting my first student!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The school helps people a lot with your education and its very simple with everything you want to know so come to gplc and get your education in Pittsburgh its worth the time and day

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

It was 2009 and I finally decided to get my GED. It’s important to know that I dropped out of middle school and I didn’t learn anything while I was there. The only math problem I learned was two groups of black people plus two opposite neighborhoods equals violence and no education. So when I practiced for my GED I knew nothing but basic elementary stuff. Still I taught myself to multiple and with the help of my mom and brother I learned division. That’s all I knew when I got to GPLC.

Ms. Anita was my teacher and she taught me everything I know about math. We started out with decimals then worked our way up to Geometry. The math was tough and confusing, but what was more confusing than the math was trying to figure out how Ms. Anita made learning it so easy. Not only would she explain it the whole class on the board, she would also sit with her students one on one and make sure we all understood the work before she moved on. Ms. Anita is a great teacher, but even a greater person, and the time I spend in her class is something that I’ll never forget.

After Ms. Anita’s class I would go to Rachel’s class for reading and writing. There was two things I liked about Rachel’s class. One it was fun, and two there was no math. Rachel would sometimes start class off by letting us write essays, afterwards she would go over the essay and correct it for you and show you what you did wrong. When we did reading we would take turns reading out loud, then go over the answers together. Rachel did what a lot of teachers struggle to do or just chose not to do. She made learning fun and she made me look forward to going to school each day. I was told that my score of 710 in the reading section of the GED test was one of the highest scores in the country and almost a perfect score. That wouldn’t have been possible without Rachel.

GPLC isn’t just two teachers. The way I feel about my two teachers is the way other GPLC students feel about their one, two, or three teachers or tutor. GPLC is filled with great wonderful, amazing people from the teachers in class to Ms. Gail at the front desk. My advice to people thinking about going to GPLC is to trust and believe in these people because the second you walk through that door, they believe in you. Thank you GPLC!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've volunteered for about 8 years. The students learn a lot and so do the volunteers. My time with GPLC is always among the highlights of my week.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a GPLC volunteer for 7 years, working with both Adult Basic Education and ESL students. I enjoy watching ABE learners discover that literacy is the path to an understanding and appreciation of a much larger world. Students find themselves working at the polls on Election Day, watching and understanding TV shows they would have ignored before coming to GPLC, knowing they can make good choices at the grocery store because they understand food labels, reading "for fun" -- in short, expanding their lives. With ESL students, I enjoy interpreting American culture and watching them discover that the American dream is for them. Being a GPLC volunteer is a good way to "give back", make new friends and have fun.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm excited about GPLC and how they are doing great things in the community. Their organization has helped several people such as myself. Their staff were very helpful, respectful, and caring. I hope only the best for Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. You really are an amazing non profit organization.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I attend classes at GPLC and I love it! They are really helping me to achieve my goal in obtaining my GED. I hope to have it before the end of this year. I want to attend the graduation celebration that I hear about so often. Sadly, I was not able to attend their 10th graduation event last Friday, at Macy's due to another commitment. But I'm excited to hear they celebrate their students. You are number one GPLC in serving adults!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I think they need more money.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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