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ABS Literacy Tutoring Services

ABS Literacy Tutoring Services are provided by dedicated staff and volunteers, serving over 500 adult literacy students each year by matching them on a one-to-one or small group basis with 200 volunteer tutors throughout the city. Volunteers donate on average over 20,000 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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Adult students receive individualized instruction in basic literacy, English language, and math skills.  Some campuses also offer an opportunity to develop computer literacy skills.

Tutors work with learners in ESOL levels 1-5 and learners in the Adult 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 Education Program need help in improving basic literacy and math skills or getting prepared for the high school equivalency exam.

Need ABS Tutoring Services?

Please contact the coordinator in your area.

All students must be admitted to PCC, take a placement exam and attend orientation and placement session prior to joining any tutoring groups.

Students must commit to 75% attendance once placed with a tutor and strive for progress.

ABS Literacy Services are not provided for:

  • Students in credit classes, including ESOL (students are encouraged to use PCC Student Learning Centers)
  • Visitors from other countries (Please check other community resources)
  • Adults ordered by the court (we refer these students to classroom instruction)
  • Students under 16 years of age