The Literacy Center (TLC) offers classes to adult Pennsylvania residents who are seeking to earn their High School Equivalency Diploma (GED /HiSET). There are many reasons why young people are unable to compete high school, including the need to work to support their families, bullying, learning disabilities, and feeling unsafe at school. The GED High School Equivalency Credential, which includes four separate exams – Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies – provides adults with the opportunity to complete their high school education without the barrier of returning to the traditional classroom.*
What Do We Offer?
Framework of GED Classes
- Morning, afternoon, and evening sessions three days a week: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
- Learning Skills Session focusing on Time Management, Goal Setting, Study Habits, and Test Taking Skills – competencies that will prepare you to be successful in our GED program
- A rigorous Math session followed by a combined Language Arts/Social Studies/Science session. Each class has additional classroom assistants to make differentiated instruction available.
YES (Young Empowered Students) Program
Dropping out of high school is associated with a range of adverse life outcomes. Young people who do not complete high school, are more likely to:
• struggle with employment,
• live in poverty,
• be dependent on welfare benefits,
• have poor physical and mental health,
• engage in criminal activity more often than those with higher education levels
The Literacy Center’s unique YES Program began in October 2015. The Program targets “Out of School Youth” ages 18-24, who are not able to re-enter high school, but are seeking a High School Diploma. Students receive personalized attention from their GED Instructor and the GED Coordinator. The learning plan is specially designed to help students produce immediate success.
To learn more about the YES Program, please contact Joanny Arboleda.
College Access Counseling
A College Access Counselor is available to guide adult students through the college search process. The Counselor will explain the application and admissions process and provide resources on colleges, job training programs, and financial aid.
Meet with the Counselor through one-on-one online sessions to get support in all aspects of your college search. The sessions will include:
- Goal Setting
- Comparing Colleges
- College Application Assistance
- Financial Aid Application Assistance
Throughout the year, representatives from regional colleges and post-secondary schools will conduct Information Sessions remotely. These information sessions are open to the public.*
To learn more about College Access Counseling, please contact Joanny Arboleda
One-on-one tutoring is available for:
- Students who desire to work on one GED subject at a time
- Students who need additional tutoring after completing a session with a group
- Students who are not ready to take the GED exam yet, but would like to improve their reading, writing, and math skills
To learn more about Tutoring, please contact Joanny Arboleda
Step 1: Complete the Online Application and Class Registration.
Click here to complete your online application and class registration. Be sure to read and complete both forms carefully. For step-by-step instructions, click here. ** If you need help completing the application, please call our Help Desk at 610-435-0680, Ext. 804.
Paso 1: Complete la solicitud en línea y el registro de clase.
Haga clic aquí para completar su solicitud en línea y registrarse en la clase. Asegúrese de leer y completar ambos formularios cuidadosamente. Para obtener instrucciones paso a paso, haga clic aquí. **Si necesita ayuda para completar la solicitud, llame a nuestra línea de asistencia al 610-435-0680, Ext. 804.
Step 2: If you are accepted into the program, you will receive an email with the next steps.
a) If seats are available for classes, you will receive an email with a formal invitation to come to our building. You will be required to attend an orientation session, fill out further documentation, and take an assessment. Be sure to check your spam/junk folder for our email, as it is common to have delivery problems because of automated filters.
b) If seats are not available, our team will place you on the wait list. We will notify you as soon as an opening becomes available.
Paso 2: Si es aceptado en el programa, recibirá un correo electrónico con los pasos a seguir.
a) Si hay asientos disponibles para las clases, recibirá un correo electrónico con una invitación formal para venir a nuestro edificio. Se le pedirá que asista a una sesión de orientación, complete más documentación y realice una evaluación. Asegúrese de revisar su carpeta de spam/basura para ver nuestro correo electrónico, ya que es común tener problemas de entrega debido a los filtros automáticos.
b) Si no hay puestos disponibles, nuestro equipo lo colocará en la lista de espera. Le notificaremos tan pronto como haya una vacante disponible.
IMPORTANT! Applicants must complete both steps above to be officially enrolled.
Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot guarantee your acceptance into the program. If seats are not available, our team will place you on the waitlist.
¡IMPORTANTE! Los solicitantes deben completar los dos pasos anteriores para inscribirse oficialmente.
Debido al alto volumen de solicitudes, no podemos garantizar su aceptación en el programa. Si no hay asientos disponibles, nuestro equipo lo colocará en la lista de espera.
All our classes (ESL and GED) are FREE.
See the above-outlined steps to register for GED Classes.
We typically offer GED classes either in the mornings (9:30 AM to 11:30 AM), afternoons (12:30 PM to 2:30 PM), or in the evenings (6:00 PM to 8:00 PM) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Because we are one of the few centers that offer free GED classes in the Lehigh Valley, our classes are often full. For this reason, you may have to wait several weeks before we are able to place you in a class.
If you’d like to practice your GED skills earlier, you may visit the GED website to take a look at some resources.