Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania offers free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to non-native English speakers. EL Civics Classes are available to students who wish to become more active and informed community members, while ESL Citizenship Classes are available to individuals studying to take the U.S. Citizenship Test.
118 52nd Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Works out of Penn State Beaver Campus. Programs include one-on-one tutoring, Family Literacy, Adult Basic Education, Workforce Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages.
336 College Ave.
Beaver, PA 15009
Teaches reading and writing skills along with GED preparation. Also teaches English as a second language.
The Adult Literacy Program
Butler County Community College
PO Box 1023 College Drive, Oak Hills
Butler PA 16003
(724) 287-8711, ext 8323 Deborah McAllister
Compiled by Dr. Silvestri, a Resident at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Last updated on Sept 12, 2007.
Beginning with Books staff is made up of experts in early literacy and early childhood. They provide workshops on early literacy topics to parents, teachers, and caregivers. Outreach specialists and trained support staff also work in the community to develop literacy and work with some early childhood centers to make sure that high-quality books are used and the centers are a literacy-rich environment. They also provide free books to many organizations in Pittsburgh for distribution to low-income families and operate the Storymobile which brings books to low-income communities.
5920 Kirkwood Street
Pittsburgh PA 15206
Beginning with Books Website
Collaboration between Community House and the Center for the Study of Writing at Carnegie Mellon University. Urban teens and adults, with the support of their Carnegie Mellon student mentors, use writing and public dialogue to take action and to address the dreams and problems of our urban neighborhoods.
Community Literacy Center
Provides Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Equivalency Diploma (GED) preparation to adults at various sites throughout the Pittsburgh area. The program features classroom-based instruction and one-to-one help. Goodwill also offers GED testing services at its Lawrenceville location.
GED Hotline (412) 632-1841
Goodwill Industries’ Website – GED Test Preparation
Provides teaching of basic reading, writing and math skills, GED preparation, English as a Second Language, Workplace Skills Development and Prepartion, family programs, Computer Skills training and Health literacy.
100 Sheridan Square 4th Flr
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Phone: (412) 661-7323
Funds Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Equivalency Diploma (GED) programs throughout PA. Website helps locate classes throughout PA.
Runs a program called Armstrong Books for Children. Has public awareness campaigns and distributes books to high-risk children.
Armstrong County Community Foundation
Suite 2 – 160 N. McKean St.
Kittanning, PA 16201
Community Foundation’s Website