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Literacy Pittsburgh

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult Education, Education, Ethnic & Immigrant Centers, Human Services, Immigration, Job Training, Literacy, Remedial Reading & Encouragement, Vocational Counseling

Mission: The mission of Literacy Pittsburgh is better lives through learning.

Results: After 50 hours of instruction, 71% of students show improvement on standardized tests. We welcome people from more than 90 different countries and help them to thrive in their new home. Last year, 74% of students reported increased confidence with their English, reading, writing or math skills, positioning them for future success. Each year, more than 650 volunteers give 77,000 hours to help our students succeed.

Target demographics: adults and families who seek more fulfilling and productive lives through education

Direct beneficiaries per year: 4,500 adults and families

Geographic areas served: Allegheny and Beaver Counties

Programs: workforce skills, adult reading, writing and math skills, English as a second language, immigrant and refugee support, family literacy, high school equivalency exam prep, and Oasis intergenerational tutoring.

Community Stories

143 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 4

Dear GPLC.
I'm glad to have been given this experience to you. In the short time I have been in this school, I can tell that learning is extraordinary and the exchange is also cultural. The teachers and staff are friendly, smart, collaborators and respectful. Thanks for helping us to better our lives.
Regards
Victor Anteliz Guerra

Cylia Djellali B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council's downtown center is a very nice place to learn English. thank you for all the teachers and the staff

Client Served

Rating: 5

I truly appreciate the help from GPLC in language and career resources. It's beyond my exceptions. Thanks to GPLC, people who work here and all volunteers.

Marie O.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been attending GPLC since November 2016 and to the present. I have gained a lot educationally with this non profit school. I appreciate all of the teachers and staff who are there to help. I am continuing to finish school. I have joined my classmates other a FACEBOOK GROUP called GREATER PITTSBURGH LITERACY BREAKFAST CLUB and what we do is post different class assignments and answers and we all are able to tutor via: VIDEO MESSAGE LIVE with one another or different apps that allow about 8 people to video message live at one time. This is a great way to save money, time, gas expenses. I do want to add that we do attend our regular class days also. We had did this for extra help with others who are not getting it . I know how hard it is to be a single parent like myself I have two children a son Paul who is going to be 11 and my daughter Jai'den who will be 6 this upcoming year. I know how it is to be a MOM or DADDY that has limited time but one hour out of the day will help us all succeed. I am so excited to continue my journey through this program . I am interested in graduating and furthering a WELDING degree. I am looking forward for a wonderful rest of my journey and also hope we can make our facebook page viral to allow others in different states or around the globe to gain the education we are and we all can go to the top together. Thanks again
Dorothy Otto
GPLC student

Client Served

Rating: 5

After long time working at restaurants and gas stations, my son Ali met Andres. My son's ,18, dream was to work at Bestbuy. Andrea helped my son to get job at Burlington. His experience there led him to achieve his dream. Now his graduation from Bidwell training center is next couple weeks.
Thanks GPLC

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thanks a lot to this non profit org. I got help in building up my career my accent in american way and to do GED. Hoping to get this sort of help in future too.

Shaelanda

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi my name is Shaelanda D'Argan read my last review first this is my second review and my last finale review. I started Gplc in approximately May 2015 and I got my ged in July 2016. We had our graduation ceremony for Gplc on September 9, 2016. Gplc is not just an adult education facility it is a place to get knowledge and meet greet people. Gplc is a family! They are a family to me they still continue to help me even after getting my ged with anything job or education related. The graduation was an exiciting day they have one ceremony for every year, usually you will attend the graduation ceremony the year you received your ged. The ceremony was wonderful. It was so well put together even though it was a small graduation. We got to borrow cap and gowns to wear. It was like the high school graduation I never got to attend. There was so much support from friends, family, gplc staff, and organizations that donate to gplc. The graduation was the "Icing On The Cake" to say. It was the final step, my final big step at Gplc. The finally step to my long journey of accomplishing my Ged. I want to give Gplc as many stars as I can. It is a great place to start your learning process. It is full of wonderful staff and people who finance Gplc. Even though my time is over at Gplc. I still visit and get help with applying for schools or jobs. I will trully miss everyone who helped me at Gplc. Gplc is the family I'll never forget and I will miss them dearly. Go to Gplc I promise you'll never find a better adult education or ESL learning center. Thanks Again Gplc!! I LOVE YOU ALL!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm so happy to be able to receive my GED from such an amazing program. GPLC is the greatest program around. For everyone who helped me in achieving my goal, thank you so much. It was a challenge, but I did it!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was searching and searching to find somewhere to study for my GED. I search online and I found GPLC. It took me several days before I called, because I was afraid...of what I wasn't sure. My fear left me when I finally got the courage to pick up the phone and call the number about their free classes. Free was very important to me because I was in a real financial bind. When I called I was told all about the program. It sounded like something I could benefit from so I gave it a try. In April of 2016, I became part of the program. I was excited because the staff were so supportive they made me forget about my fears. I'm so happy that I made that call and went to the orientation session. It was something I'll never forget. I was able to attend classes twice a week, while working too. It was just an awesome fit. Thank you for making me comfortable enough to join your program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Life changing is what GPLC is all about. Thank you GPLC!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My story is GPLC is a wonderful place to learn. I entered the GED program about a year and I can see my progress. I work, plus I take care of my mother. The organization helped me to see my self worth. I'm so happy that my friend introduced me to such a nice place to learn.
I thank you GPLC.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you doesn't seem to be enough. But thank you just the same. May the people you serve always remember your service to them and may they support your organization as they grow financially themselves. For all your help, I say thank you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council's downtown center is a very nice place to learn English. I think the staff are organized, kind, and easy to work with. I've been attending classes there for four months and it's been a life changing experience. The instructors are eager and always willing to go the extra mile. I hope that people will financially help your organization so that people will continue to excel and reach there goal.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to thank Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council for all the help they have given me. I'm so thrilled to be learning English.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I never thought I would do it, but I did! Thanks to the staff at GPLC they really helped be to obtain my GED goal. I'm really grateful for my teacher Ms. Kathy. She rocks! Thank you! I'll never forget you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to tell my story about my wonderful experience at GPLC. When I started GPLC I started as an ESL student. As my English progressed, I was able to transfer into the GED program. I'm so thankful that I came to learn English and get my GED. I celebrated with the other graduates on September 9, 2016, by attending a fabulous graduation celebration. It was excellent! This program has been exceptional to me. Thank you so much for all your help!

Client Served

Rating: 5

GPLC far exceeded my expectations in helping me to accomplish my GED goal. I appreciate this organization so much. Thank you and thank you again.

Client Served

Rating: 5

GPLC is a great place to learn English. The teachers are friendly. They help us to improve our English. They help us to live in America. We learn more knowledge. Thank you GPLC!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had an awesome experience at GPLC! I want to thank all the staff that were kind, courteous, respectful and so much more. It was a delight to study at GPLC. Thank you!

Leslie100

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Reach GPLC recommendation, the help they have given me is incredible, not only learn English but it also I have been supported with advice for my immigration status and tax advice for my husband, has also helped me with personal issues. Thank you very much!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gplc helps me a lots,they provide informations about job and education,Helps me practice english,thanks so much!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you for GPLC! I'm learning English at GPLC and it's helping me a lot. Thank to my teachers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

GPLC is a good school to learn English. The people are very nice and helpful.
Thank you GPLC!

Roxann S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Everyone at GPLC has been nothing but amazing! There is no question unanswered. The one on one help I've received has been more than helpful. They help motivate me daily and have tremendous patients.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a student at GPLC and they helped me achieve my GED and now I'm a college student. Thank you GPLC

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Council of GPLC is all about helping individuals to achieve their goals. They helped me to achieve my goal in getting my GED. Thank you GPLC!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to say "thank you" to GPLC! Your organization helped me prepare for my GED and I passed! Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had no plans for furthering my education when a friend recommended the GPLC. Through them and the Urban League I now have my GED and am well on my way to attending a course at Bidwell.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

GPLC is such a place where we get fruitful education,it helps especially newly immigrants to read,write and speak english which is necessary in our daily life. I'm new immigrant . i really appricated GPLC and its orginizers
I sincerely thanks to all volunter staff of GPLC.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

gplc is great place to learn to read,write n speck english for an immigrant like me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was looking for a school that could help me to get my GED , my husband went on line to search and we found a few but GPLC was the one that could work with my hours that I work ,was I happy about that, so I started and they are all wonderful people that give to us so that we could attain good in our education , so I am greatful to GPLC for all that they do especial my teacher MR Luke he have help me so much , Thank you for helping GPLC so that they can helps us to go further in life...

Client Served

Rating: 5

i came to GPLC to get my ged i love coming here so i can lean what i have not in high school my teacher here is a great help with what i have to learn math,reading and writing and its a experince here hopefully i get my ged im doing this to show my son if u use ur mind u can do anything u want to do

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learn many useful thing like math to me to understand about taxes.I will able to recognize on sale discounts and figure how much I need when I go to the store to buy that item.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started coming to the GPLC in early spring to obtain my GED. I didn't have much hope because other programs I joined had failed. The instructors just didn't seem to really care. It was my older cousin who pointed me in the direction of the GPLC, and I'm thankful she did. I've only been apart of the program for a month and I've already seen improvement in my math skills. My instructor is helpful in a way others were not and I'm sure that with her help I'll be getting my GED in no time. I'm very happy with my choice to attend the GPLC's GED prep program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a GP>C student and my name is Tommy L. Lee. My age is 70 and my instructor was Mrs. Baron, she was more then qualified to help us in every way. But as a result, she had to move on! However, Ms. Rue became our next instructor, she gets a one on one closeness with all of her students. Furthermore, my experience before I cam to GPLC, I would struggle with my math and other subjects this is a worse case scenario. After being with GPLC, I have a greater success rate, I credit Mrs. Baron and Ms. Rue for my improvement. There are new students young and old enrolled at GPlC. People from other countries enrolled. So please support this non-profit agency.

Sincerely yours, Tommy L. Lee

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gplc is a great place if you're looking to get your G.E.D , although it offers so much more. With amazing teaching staff and advisors you will learn not only the things needed to obtain your G.E.D ,but also learn where you wanna be in life and the steps needed to get there. My experience here at Gplc has been nothing short of amazing. I've learned so much not only about education but also about myself. I would highly recommend anyone looking to further their education to look into Gplc.

Client Served

Rating: 5

GPLC is a great program for anybody trying to get their G.E.D. or their life on track staff is friendly and professional .The class scheduling is very flexible. I am very happy and satisfied with my time here.

Client Served

Rating: 5

GPLC far exceeded my expectations in helping me to receive my GED. I thought I wouldn't be able to do it, but I did. Thank you all for our help.

Jaquin O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My Name is Jaquin , GPLC School is helping me get my GED. My Experience here at GPLC is really great! My Teacher is amazing . She help's me understand everything I need to know on what's going to be on the GED test. Thank you GPLC for giving me a second chance on life.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GPLC did amazing things for me! Picking this school was one of the best choices that I have made as far as furthering my education. They work with your schedule also with you one-on-one. And that is exactly what I needing to succeed.

Thank you GPLC !

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to GPLC to help achieve my GED. This was not the first program I was apart of so my expectations were low, however; I was greatly impressed after a few classes. Afterwards I feel blessed to have been a student at GPLC. In my few months I achieved my GED diploma thanks to the whole GPLC staff. Ms Rue had a great method of teaching for a group of classmates at different levels we all learned together and she left no one behind which i really enjoyed. She is a teacher I will never forget because not only did she educate me, but she inspired me to go forward in life and pursue my goals. The whole GPLC staff were beyond friendly. The students and staff became basically family to me. GPLC is top notch and so is everyone apart of it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

tkank for gplc

iyad ziada

GreggPhillis

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

On Friday, September 5, 2014 I attened the graduation celebration which was the 10th annual GED grauation for The Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council and it was the nicest graduation I have been to. Everyone was so very happy and the graduates were over willmed with joy and love. This was my first time going to this event and I am so very glad I went. Everyone did a great job. (GPLC, GOOD LOOKING OUT.)

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to be able to take the 2013 GED tests and pass it at GPLC! I will attend the graduation on September 5. I'll dawn my cap and gown proudly. I'm happy I did it! Now I am in nursing school. WOW!

There is now the 2014 version which I heard is so different and much harder. Thank you GPLC staff, you are a GREAT organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot speak highly enough of GPLC. While I lived in Pittsburgh, I volunteered as an ESL tutor, and it was a wonderful experience. The training I received when beginning, plus having a mentor tutor and a great supervisor helped me feel at ease going into my first session. The tips and extra materials GPLC provided me for my classes were immensely helpful. I also loved that there was assessment of each student, so that I knew what to focus on, and also whether or not my students were progressing.

On a whole other level, I just loved working with my students—they were extremely dedicated to learning English, and it encouraged me to be as equally dedicated to teaching them. I would recommend volunteering through GPLC to anyone interested.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council's downtown center continues to do great things in helping people like me enhance on their skills that were dormant for so long. I started the program recently and I'm enjoying learning. I was referred by a friend and she said I would not be dissappointed and I'm not. They have an excellent team. To you the staff at GPLC, I say thank you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I think GPLC is a very helpful program I have been here for 3 months and caught up on a lot of things I forgot when I was in high school. Your can really achieve your goals by coming here and going threw the process of this program.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I called GPLC this year.. I want a better future for myself.. I have 2 kids and I want them to know no matter how old or hard things are you can always make a better life and future for yourself.. I like my teacher she helps me out a lot and she makes understand things a lot better.. so I think is a best place for people to go to better themselves im glad I came here..

Client Served

Rating: 5

I called GPLC in 2009 to inquire about GED classes. At first I was nervous and I didn't know what to expect. Because I didn't think I would be able to learn after having brain surgery. While talking on the phone to a staff person and explaining my situation I still was nervous. The staff person eased my concerns by encouraging me to give it a try. I did! While attending the orientation I was still so nervous. The staff that administrated the test was very nice and undertanding. He made me feel comfortable and unashame. He told me to do my best. When I started classes they helped me a lot. Being in class I was encouraged by my classmates and teacher. I was learning! As I was learnin, I became so excited about working even harder to achieve my goal. The goal of getting my GED. I'm continuing my studies at GPLC and looking forward to passing the GED test and participating in their GED graduation one day. Thank you to all the GPLC staff!

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Advisory Board for many years and have the utmost faith in the leadership and work of GPLC. They know what needs to be done, and they DO it.

Being able to read is one of God's greatest gifts to man. Whether born in an English-speaking country or learning English as a foreigner, the ability to read will enriches every aspect of life.

Any person who is lucky enough to be taken under the wing of GPLC is lucky indeed and will be forever grateful.

Patricia Prattis Jennings

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful experience at GPLC. It was a life changing experience. I am so happy for all the help I received from the staff. Thank you all for being so kind. I continue to work on bettering myself so that I can pass it on.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I enjoy my tutoring sessions at the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. I've been attending there six years now. I love it! When I first started I was in a class at the downtown center. After receiving a job at one of the UPMC Hospitals, I continued my studies with a tutor. I'm learning alot and working really hard to reach my GED goal. GPLC has helped me in so many areas. I'm just thankful for the free classes they have. Thank you GPLC!

Client Served

Rating: 5


It's with much appreciation that I say "thank you GPLC". This program is really about serving and helping to make a change in the lives of those that walk through those doors looking to find help. I needed help in my math so that I could take the math part of the GED test. I was lacking in understanding of doing word problems. They confused me. I was afraid of them. I would read the problem over and over all to no avail in how to attack the problem. Once I started class, I was reluctant about answering questions because of the fear of having the wrong answer. I continued to attend class, complete my homework assignments and work hard to master the problems. My teachers were incredible. They believed in me. I'm so happy I continued to go to class. What a difference it made. After being in the program for a couple of years even leaving and returning later, I obtained my goal in passing the math part of the GED test. I'm a product of GPLC. To all the staff thank you for your help. Now, I'm attending CCAC!

Jaemin C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Although it's my third month with GPLC, I love to have a class with my tutor. Other than the English class, it is also a good chance to learn about the place I live. I thank so much to all the members of GPLC who gave me an opportunity to learn.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been going to GPLC for about three years for their English lessons. This way I can speak with native speakers to better understand the culture and idiomatic expressions. My ultimate goal is to keep my job as a customer service rep at work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

GPLC has great programs and tutors who help me improve my English and give me lots of good experiences!