perry county literacy council

Programs and Awards

I was born and raised in the Amish community for the first 20 years of my life, and I only attended formal schooling until 8th grade. I dreamed of going to college as a teenager, and PCLC helped me to make my dream a reality.
— Sylvia Beiler, recent ged graduate
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Catalog of Programs




133 S. 5th Street
Newport, PA 17074


717-567-READ (7323)
Toll Free: 866-781-7323)
Fax: 717-567-7997

GED® and HiSET® Exams

In order to be eligible for high school equivalency training (GED®) with PCLC, a student must:

  • be 18 years of age or older (information on exceptions is available on request),

  • not be enrolled in HS, and

  • not have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate.

PCLC is more than happy to help prepare test takers for either the GED® or the HiSET® exam. PCLC teachers and volunteer tutors prepare students to succeed on these tests and also teach them skills that will help them become better test-takers. 

As of January 2016, the official GED® test has been revised, with the passing score lowered from 150 to 145.

The GED® test lasts approximately 7.5 hours and consists of the following subjects: Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies.

The HiSET® exam—a Pennsylvania state-approved high school equivalency test that may serve as a less expensive, more accessible exam than the GED® test but still provides the same credential—consists of five test subjects: Language Arts (Reading), Language Arts (Writing), Math, Science, and Social Studies.


  • Representation and support for those unable to advocate for themselves

  • OVR, Social Security and MHIDD contact for disabled residents

  • Literacy Advocacy for those unable to complete literacy tasks independently

  • UWCR Money In Your Pocket Campaign – onsite tax preparation for low income residents

  • Access to a community Emergency Needs Fund

  • Contact for holiday meal programs, personal care kits, quilts, school supplies and gifts

  • Free book distribution – adults and children


Agency partnerships support enrollment/maximize funding

  • EDSI (Education Data Systems) (onsite)

  • OVR (onsite)

  • ExperienceWorks Low Income Aging Worker Training (onsite)

  • Perry Human Services Addiction Counseling (onsite)

  • Perry County Family Center (onsite case management)

  • Perry Housing Partnership (onsite case management)

  • Pearson VUE Authorized Test Center (onsite)

  • NRF® Testing Site (onsite)

Adult Basic Education

PCLC provides a one-to-one tutoring program for students looking to improve basic life skills (i.e. reading, writing, and math). We will develop a learning plan tailored to your needs based on an assessment of your skill levels; we will then match you with a volunteer tutor with whom you will agree on a time and place to meet for three hours every week. Your tutor, meanwhile, will assess your progress and help you set personal goals. We also help students with high school equivalency tests (GED®), driver’s permits, CDLs, ASVAB, and college entrance exams. We firmly believe that EVERY student deserves the chance to succeed, and we will help you obtain whatever accommodations may be necessary in order for you to achieve your goals.

Services offered under this program include:

  • High school equivalency test (GED®) Preparation

  • English as a Second Language and Citizenship Preparation

  • PCLC Community Reentry Program

  • NRF® Customer Service Preparation Class (onsite)

  • Teknimedia™ Microsoft Office Proficiency Training (onsite)

  • Pearson VUE GED® Computer-based Testing—onsite

  • NRF® Computer-based Testing—onsite

  • College and Career Readiness Testing – onsite

Agency support services 

  • Transportation

  • Door to Door Rides

  • Student Mileage Reimbursement

  • Rabbit Transit (Disabled and EARN)

  • Communication

  • Technology

  • Clothing

  • Dress for Success

  • Community Aid

  • Food

  • Bread of Life Ministries—Bread of Life supplies food and household products for churches and nonprofit groups throughout Pennsylvania, as well as for individuals in need.

  • Perry County Food Bank


  • Case management referrals to Sadler Health Center Corp. and Hamilton Health Center

  • Health Insurance – PA Health Access Network Navigators (onsite)

  • Vision – OVR and local Lions Clubs

  • Addiction—Perry Human Services (onsite by appointment)

  • Housing and Utilities – Case management referrals to Perry Housing Partnership, Perry County Rental Assistance, Perry Human Services, Perry County Family Center and Tri County Community Action

Agency Adult Education Memberships

Support nonprofit and rural community representation and partnerships

  • Tri County Adult Education Consortium: Tri County OIC, HACC, Dauphin County Prison, Catholic Charities, Employment Skills Center and Perry County Literacy Council Adult Education Executive Directors meet to review PDE grant information, share program updates, receive PDE grant updates, evaluate program quality and data, and plan projects aligned with Adult Education.

  • South Central Adult Education Coalition: Adult Education Providers from Adams, Franklin, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Juniata and Perry Counties share program information, collaborate on workforce programs and advocate for Adult Education.

  • Pennsylvania Association for Adult Continuing Education (PAACE): PAACE’s mission is to provide leadership for adult and literacy education; promote the professionalization of the field through professional development; and inform policy makers on behalf of membership and apprise all members of policy development.

  • Tutors of Literacy in the Commonwealth (TLC) Board of Directors: TLC seeks to provide training, support services, and leadership to Pennsylvania adult literacy programs utilizing volunteers; to promote literacy education and provide quality training for volunteer tutors and practitioners; and, as an arm of PAACE, increase public awareness of literacy issues.

  • Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations: PANO is the statewide membership organization serving and advancing the nonprofit sector through advocacy, collaboration, education and other services in order to improve the overall quality of life in Pennsylvania. PANO exists to support the incredible work of the nonprofit sector and highlight the critical role nonprofits serve. By coming together and recognizing our collective value, Pennsylvania communities and the power to do good will thrive.

  • ProLiteracy: Every adult has a right to literacy. We develop and promote adult literacy learning, content, programs and advocacy to help adult learners.

  • WIOA Work Group

  • RSVP of the Capital Region: As a registered RSVP site in Perry County, we provide meaningful volunteer opportunities to persons 55 or older and, by extension, provide measurable value to the local community.

Perry County Literacy Council was the recipient of the Partnership for Better Health 2019 Community Impact Award in May, 2019.

Perry County Literacy Council was the recipient of the Partnership for Better Health 2019 Community Impact Award in May, 2019.

PCLC Recognition


  • Recipient Partnership for Better Health 2019 Community Impact Award

  • Winner 2018 Lifetime Achievement and Care to Share Awards at The Conference for Women – Be Extraordinary!   

  • United Way of the Capital Region 2017, 2018 and 2019 Core Solution Partner – Income, School Readiness and Contact to Care Initiatives

  • The Foundation for Enhancing Communities 2017, 2018 and 2019 Annual Report Featured Grantee

  • 1st Runner-Up/Collaboration Category 2017 Central Penn Business Journal Nonprofit Innovation Awards

  • Featured Nonprofit at the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 TFEC Women’s Fund Breakfast

  • Tri County Community Action 50th Anniversary Smart Talk TV video features a PCLC Career Pathway Student in 2016

  • PA Department of Education Division of Adult Education Adult Education Consortium (PCLC is a member) demonstrating the highest number of enter and retain employment outcomes in 2015.

  • PA Department of Education Division of Adult Education Subcontractor demonstrating the most student outcomes statewide in 2014.


  • TFEC Perry County Literacy Council Endowment Fund in honor of Kathleen Bentley