Adult Basic Education
Common life necessities such as seeking employment and reading food or drug labels are impacted when an individual’s literacy is low. The FCLC offers free, 1-on-1 or small group classes for those interested in increasing their reading, writing, math, and/or computer skills.
GED/HSE and Employment skills
Seventy-five percent of PA employers demand education beyond high school. FCLC provides ongoing pre-GED, GED, and High School Equivalency classes and testing for those ready to begin a path to improved employment oportunities.
English Language Classes (ESL/ELL)
Communication is one of the first skills we learn in life. The ability to speak with, write to, and understand others is essential to navigating our surroundings. The FCLC offers free tutoring for all levels of English Language Learners seeking to improve their proficiency.
Citizenship Test Preparation
The FCLC provides free tutoring for those seeking to become United States citizens. While the FCLC does not administer the citizenship test, we can provide resource information, study helps, and encouragement to individuals who are preparing for this difficult exam.
Nearly 1-in-5 residents of Franklin County are deficient in basic reading, math, and computer skills, which places our region at a greater risk for poor health, domestic abuse, crime, and poverty. Because we know that improving literacy benefits communities by enriching the economy, lowering health costs, and reducing crime, our mission at the Franklin County Literacy Council (FCLC) is to aid the low-literate adults of our communities in their efforts to increase their literacy and improve their life skills.
The FCLC has been serving and empowering Franklin County residents 17 years of age and older by providing free, tailored-to-need literacy programs through the aid of dedicated volunteers and generous donations from community partners and individual contributors since 1985.
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News and Events
Good afternoon Literacy Council Volunteers, Supporters, and Friends: Last week we moved the Franklin County Literacy Council office to Coyle Library and we are still in the process of unpacking and getting organized. We can receive incoming calls (messages) but we won’t be able to call out until next Monday. FCLC will be closed this week Read more about The Big Move: An Update[…]
Hello FCLC friends, volunteers, and supporters: In a collaborative effort to educate the community about how literacy issues impact the community, the film Rethinking Dyslexia will be featured as part of Community Film night this Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre. The film is sponsored by Wilson College and Sunny Hill Properties and is being supported by the Chambersburg Council Read more about From the Coordinator’s Desk[…]
We are excited to announce that the Franklin County Literacy Council will be moving to our new location. Beginning November 2017, we’ll be at our new home located in the lower level of the newly renovated Coyle Free Library at 102 Main Street in Chambersburg. In photo: Staff, volunteers, and members of the FCLC Advisory Board get a tour of our new Read more about We’re Moving![…]
The second annual Path to Literacy Event was held at the Scotland Campus on September 23, 2017. This year’s theme was Scavenger Hunt! and was held in conjunction with Coyle Free Library’s Storytelling Event. Visitors enjoyed a fantastic BBQ lunch provided by Holy Smokes BBQ, a fun afternoon including our scavenger hunt, and musical entertainment provided Read more about September Scavenger Hunt[…]
January and cold weather are finally settling into the Franklin County valleys, and you all know what that means…Ice Fest! Yes, Chambersburg’s 15th Annual Ice Fest is on its way, and it brings with it an atmosphere of fun and community support that’s infectious. It also brings with it a need to find a few Read more about Silent Auction to Support Literacy[…]
Merry Christmas! Thank you for everything you do to help our students reach their dreams and to help the Literacy Council educate the public about literacy issues. If I were to put a dollar value on your contributions (which I have to do for grant writing purposes), it would be between $175,000 and $225,000 for Read more about From the Coordinator’s Desk[…]
Hurray! November is finally here! While this month traditionally kicks off the holiday season with the much anticipated Thanksgiving feast, November is also known as National Novel Writing Month-or NaNoWriMo for short. NaNoWriMo brings together thousands of aspiring writers who commit to writing 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days. The event is sponsored Read more about 4 Ways NaNoWriMo Can Enhance Learning in Adult Education Classes[…]
November is National Family Literacy Month. According to the National Center for Families Learning – the creators of National Family Literacy Month – “Family literacy is at work when two generations or more — parents, children, and/or extended family members – are actively engaged in learning together”. Now imagine a home where literacy practices aren’t Read more about November is National Family Literacy Month[…]
Happy National Punctuation Day! In the age of the data usage and text-a-mania, punctuation seems to be losing its prestige. Quick, go to your Facebook page and count how many status updates are devoid of proper punctuation as you scroll through your feed. See? (Exclamation) Point made. Did you know that punctuation usage is one Read more about It’s National Punctuation Day![…]
In conjunction with National Tolkien Week (in which fans can celebrate the life and literature of this influential author), September 22nd has been designated as Hobbit Day. According to the American Tolkien Society, Hobbit Day is the day we celebrate the birth of the most special of hobbitses: Frodo Baggins. Happy birthday, sir! Aside from Read more about Happy Hobbit Day![…]