GED, ESL programs, Center for Literacy

Posted by Center for Literacy on March 23, 2015

Center for Literacy announces enrollment for GED, ESL programs

There is an urgent need for literacy programs for adults in Philadelphia. According to the American Community Survey 2009-2013, there are more than 200,000 Philadelphians over the age of 18 that do not have a high school diploma – 38% of whom live in poverty. Education is an important key in escaping poverty by attaining a family-sustaining wage and job.

Earning a GED is the first step towards obtaining a living wage job and/or gaining entry into a technical school or college. Before the economic turndown starting in 2007-8, there were more than 20 state and federally funded literacy organizations in Philadelphia. Now, Center for Literacy (CFL) is one of only six state-funded local literacy organizations still in existence.

All prospective students at CFL go through an initial orientation where they receive information about the program and are given standardized tests in order to place them in the suitable level class. Because CFL has been able to open up more slots for students, it is now likely that callers can be signed up for an orientation class within two weeks. Orientations are taking place three – four times per month and once the test results are processed, each student is assigned to an appropriate class. For more information, call 215-474-1235 ext. 229 or email

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