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Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council

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

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. 

Community Stories

66 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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

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!

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