Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

What is Volunteer Literacy Tutoring (VLT)?

The Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program (VLT), operated by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers, serves over 1,000 adult literacy students each year by matching them on a one-to-one or small group basis with 250 volunteer tutors throughout the city. Volunteers donate on average over 22,000 hours each year.  The program has several tutoring sites city-wide, where volunteers can access instructional materials, meet with their students, receive training or meeting with a tutor coordinator.  Volunteer tutors are trained to assist adults in reaching higher levels of basic skills, which will lead to an enhanced ability to function as a citizen, worker, student, or family member.

Who do we serve?

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VLT provides individualized instruction in basic literacy, English language, and math skills to adults in the PCC district who read below eighth grade level.  Some VLT sites also offer the opportunity to develop computer literacy skills.

Tutors work with learners in ESOL levels 1-5 and learners in the Adult Basic Education Program.  ESOL learners are adult refugees, immigrants, and U.S. Citizens, whose first language is not English and who need to improve communication, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.  Learners in the Adult Basic Education Program need help in improving basic literacy and math skills or getting prepared for the GED exam.

The program attempts to identify students with learning difficulties and provide support and referrals as appropriate. Specific learning strategies and accommodations may be suggested.

All students must attend an intake/assessment interview and take a placement test.  Students must commit to 75% attendance once placed with a tutor.

VLT Program Does NOT Serve

  • Students in credit classes including ESOL (we refer these students to the tutoring learning center at PCC)
  • Visitors from other countries (we refer these students to other community resources)
  • Students who have been ordered by the court (we refer these students to classroom instruction)

For more information contact the coordinator in your area.