GED Program

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.*

YES (Young Empowered Students) Program

Sponsored by the RJ Foundation

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
www.kidsdata.org

The economic consequences of dropping out of high school do not stop with the individual; society also pays a high price. For example, dropouts from the nation’s class of 2011 will cost the U.S. economy an estimated $154 billion over the course of their lifetimes. www.kidsdata.org

The Literacy Center’s unique YES Program began in October 2015. The Program targets “Out of School Youth” ages 17-24, 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 in our new College Access Room which has materials from colleges and post-secondary institutions from across the country.*

Throughout the year, representatives from regional colleges and post-secondary schools will conduct Information Sessions at TLC. These information sessions are open to the public.*

Tutoring

One-on-one tutoring is available in reading, writing and math.*

*Due to Covid-19, classes and services are available online. For more information, please call 610-435-0680. Thank you and be safe.

For more information on GED classes, College Access Counseling, or Tutoring, please contact Joanny Arboleda.

High School Equivalency Classes

Hot to Apply to GED Classes:

Click here to complete your create your student portal account. After you have opened the page, click “Create a New Account,” and then fill out the necessary information. For step by step instructions on creating an account, click here. As part of this process, you will need to verify your account using a code that is sent to your email address. If you do not receive the code after 10 minutes, check your spam or junk folder.

Click here and login to your Community Web Portal account. Select and complete the GED Application Form. You will need to complete the entire application form.

Step 3: Once you have submitted your online application, our team will contact you to verify your application information. If we miss you, we will leave a voicemail message with a callback number. If we do not hear from you within 3 business days, we will deny your application and you will need to complete it again.

Once your application is approved, we will email you with your class schedule and start date. If we do not receive confirmation of your class schedule and start date within one week, you risk losing your seat in the class and you will be placed back on the waiting list. It is very important that you check your email and spam folder often, so you do not miss this communication.

GED Frequently Asked Questions

All our classes (ESL and GED) are FREE.

Before you can register for General Education Development (GED) classes, you must first apply for classes. To apply for classes online, you can click here.

After you apply, you will have to wait for us to contact you (either through email or phone) to invite you to register for classes available. Please be patient: you may have to wait several months before we contact you.

We typically offer English classes either in the mornings (8:30 AM to 12:00 PM) or in the evenings (6:00 PM to 8:30 PM).

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 months after you apply before we are able to invite you to register for classes.

If you’d like to practice your GED skills earlier, however, you may visit the following page to take a look at our free online resources:

https://www.theliteracycenter-lv.org/ged-resources/

We hold registrations for GED classes during the summer. Occasionally, we also hold registrations during the winter or as needed.