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Adams County Literacy Council

Listing Last Update: January 3, 2019


1685 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Primary Contact

Amanda Garner

(717) 479-7032

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Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To study for my high school equivalency exam
  • To learn English
  • To improve my math skills

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Program Overview


English as a Second Language (ESL):
Tutors work one-on-one and in small groups of 2 – 10 students. Instruction in English is provided for a variety of English language learners immigrating to, or visiting Adams County.

Adult Basic Education (ABE):
Tutors work one-on-one and in small
groups with adult students on basic literacy and numeracy skills. The students have a variety of goals from improving their career options, to GED preparation, to life skills.

ACLC has reached out to form working relationships with businesses and organizations in the community. Partners provide many resources and referrals. They include: Adams County CareerLink, Harrisburg Area Community College at Gettysburg, Adams County Correctional Complex, Gettysburg College, SCCAP (South Central Community Action Programs), Healthy Adams County, Manos Unidas Hispanic American Center, United Way of Adams County, and the Adams County Public Library System.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to promote literacy in Adams County. We believe in empowering adults to take charge of their lives in order to attain goals, participate fully in society, and achieve to their fullest potential by improving literacy and life skills.

Hours of operation: M - TH 9am - 3pm; Fri by appt

Cost info: All of our services are free of charge/no cost

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

Connie came to us, young, and very frustrated. She tried a traditional GED "class"; however, she felt lost and needed individualized instruction. Also, she had a goal of earning her GED and beginning cosmetology school. She researched school and obtained a preliminary acceptance. The only obstacle holding her back was not having her GED. Connie also struggled financially because she lacked a high school equivalency degree/diploma. Although Connie worked, in fact, juggling two jobs, the wages were minimal. Connie worked with the Adams County Literacy Council. Over the next 9 months, Connie was diligent in her studies. One by one, Connie took her GED tests. We were able to pay $6 per official practice test for Connie to indicate her likeliness to pass each test. We spent $24 on official practice tests for Connie. Also, because she was financially insecure, yet always tried her best and arrived to class on time, we were able to offer Connie $120 in testing scholarships. (Each GED test subject is $30. There are 4 tests.) I am very happy to report that Connie took and passed her last GED test and has been officially awarded a High School Equivalency Degree/Diploma. Connie has also pursued Cosmetology school. Connie is an Adams County, PA resident.

Juan is an Adams County resident who immigrated here from Haiti. In Haiti, Juan had no formal education. There was one school (one room, as he describes) for his entire community (thousands of children). Not only was the distance of the school a barrier, but so was the uniform. Only those students who were able to afford a school uniform were able to attend. Juan's family could not afford a uniform and therefore, like most children in Haiti, Juan did not receive an education. Now in his 60s, Juan is a faithful student at the Adams County Literacy Council. Juan and his wife have two children and reside in Adams County. Juan still has a very heavy accent and it is often difficult to understand him. He struggles in communicating with his children's teachers, and is unable to help his children complete their homework. This makes Juan very sad; however, he perseveres and is determined to overcome these barriers. When Juan came to us in 2008, he could not read, recognize letters, numbers, etc. He did not speak English, and his life was a daily struggle. Juan is currently reading on a 4th grade level and he has obtained employment. Although Juan still has a long road ahead of him, he credits much of his success to his dedicated tutors at the Literacy Council. Juan and his tutor are very faithful and meet no less than twice per week.

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