Our Students

The Lehigh Valley is a community that is richly diverse with thousands of people from all over the world emigrating here. Many of these people are seeking better opportunities for themselves and their families, but do not have the English language skills to really take advantage of these opportunities.

In addition, we have a growing number of adults without high school diplomas who are seeking better employment opportunities. In a market that is becoming increasingly competitive, these adults realize how important attaining a high school equivalency diploma is in the workforce.

At The Literacy Center, we firmly believe that helping adults improve their literacy education not only opens the door for better employment, but helps build a happier, more rewarding life. The following stories highlight just three Literacy Center students — Marco, Alely, and Michael — who were able not only to improve their literacy, but the quality of their lives.

Click on the image of each student to read their story and watch their journey with The Literacy Center.

Student Statistics for 2019-2020

The Literacy Center impacted 1,030 students during the 2019-2020 School Year.

72% were Hispanic, 14% were White, 7% were Asian, 5% were Black and 2% were Multiracial.
80% of students identified as female.
77% of students were from Allentown, 10% were from Whitehall, and the remainder were from other communities in the Lehigh Valley.
36% of students were from the Dominican Republic, 16% were from the United States, 8% were from Saudi Arabia, 7% were from Puerto Rico, 4% were from Columbia, and the remainder were from a variety of other countries.

Meet Marco

Meet Alely

Meet Michael