perry county literacy council


Had I known I’d get a job this fast after coming to the literacy council, I would’ve done it a while ago.
— Brook Corl




133 S. 5th Street
Newport, PA 17074


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

2017 Catalogue of Programs

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.

Call Center

Established in June 2016, the Call Center of Perry County is conveniently co-located on PCLC’s campus. Unemployed, dislocated and disabled youth and adults, including ex-offenders, enter the PCLC Career Pathways Program to obtain certifications aligned with the customer service industry and training aligned with digital literacy. Participants have their on-the-job training needs identified using the Skilldex® Survey System. Those who complete this training qualify for 90-day paid training placement in the call center and become eligible for a job immediately following their training. The PCLC Transition Case Manager supports trainees, addressing barriers with various supportive services and counseling. EDSI Youth, WIOA and EARN, and OVR support the process of enrollment, persistence, completion, placement and retention. A Community-Based Partnership Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and SCPa Works supports this project. Additional support comes from a grant from the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation, which provides on-the-job training funds, salary support for the Case Manager and Workplace Remediation Instructor, and supportive service funds addressing barriers to job retention.


  • 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

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
  • Perry County Transportation Authority (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.

Cash Assistance

Agency partnerships support enrollment/maximize funding

  • EDSI (Educational 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)