Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Mission Statement

The VLT program, in partnership with the community volunteers, provides tutoring in basic literacy, basic math, and English language skills to adults who benefit from additional instruction or who cannot access other instructional programs. The VLT program helps the learners to acquire basic skills to:

  • Improve quality of life for self and family,
  • Build confidence,
  • access job information and pursue career advancement
  • Increase employability and pursue career advancement, and
  • become a lifelong learner


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  • Respect
  • Flexibility
  • Collaboration
  • Accountability
  • Quality of services
  • Best practices in adult education
  • Mentorship
  • Partnerships and tutors’ contribution


  • To serve adults in our community by offering accessible and flexible educational opportunities in a year-round, fiscally stable, community-wide program.
  • To provide rewarding and successful volunteer experiences for members of the community
  • To collaborate with other programs in the college, and with organizations and individuals outside of PCC, to better meet student needs.
  • To complement classroom instruction offered by Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs.
  • To collect and use reliable data as feedback to demonstrate program effectiveness and drive continuous program improvement.
  • To promote adult literacy in order to enhance the quality of life in our community.