Literacy means a life of safety, realized goals and community participation

Mid-State Literacy Council

Serving Adult Basic Literacy and English Language Learners in Centre and Clearfield Counties



11% of Centre County’s population is functionally illiterate (think the upper deck of Beaver Stadium). In Clearfield County, it’s 14%.



72% of children are at risk of having low reading skills because their parents are illiterate.



Mid-State Literacy Council helps 200 students each year, two-thirds of whom are women.

Who We Are

Mid-State Literacy Council is a nonprofit organization created in 1971 to bring literacy in all forms to adults in Centre and Clearfield counties. From English Language Learners who have immigrated to the U.S., to those who grew up here and emerged from our region’s school systems with only rudimentary reading skills, Mid-State Literacy Council’s volunteers have educated and empowered thousands of area adults in its nearly 50-year history.

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Spending just an hour or two per week to help strengthen someone’s literacy skills is a simple act that makes a profound difference in another’s life. We rely on nearly 200 volunteers to help us provide English language and basic literacy instruction to more than 200 adults in Centre and Clearfield counties every year.

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Student Programs

Do you know someone who is struggling to survive in our community without proficient literacy skills? Do you know someone whose life would improve if they better understood the English language?

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Download the program flyer HERE.

Download the program flyer HERE.

25th Anniversary Ron and Mary Maxwell Community Spelling Bee

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Congratulations to Mid-State student Kulwinder Singh, who passed the U.S. Citizenship test! He was helped by Mid-State volunteers with an intensive review in the final weeks leading up to his test. Kulwinder also recently earned a degree in web programming from South Hills Business School. Over the past months, Kulwinder practiced his English and interviewing skills in pursuit of his long-term career goals.
The tutoring gave him greater confidence in understanding and speaking English, as well as understanding the norms and customs of job interviewing in U.S. culture.
Kulwinder Singh, new U.S. Citizen born in India
Taiwan native Li-Chuan (Jenny) Chen moved to State College in 2015 with her husband who, upon his retirement after a long career in Taiwan, wanted to return to Happy Valley where he had earned a Penn State degree. For Jenny, a non-English speaker, it was a radical change. She started by signing up for beginner classes at Mid-State, which gave her practical language for talking with her doctor, going to the bank, and going shopping. She set a goal to earn her driver’s license, which she successfully achieved! Recently Jenny began preparing for the U.S. Citizenship exam. While moving across the world has been a big transition, Mid-State gave Jenny a place where she feels comfortable and supported by friendly people.
Jenny Chen, Taiwan native

“I came to Mid-State Literacy Council in the middle of August 2022. My main goals are to learn English and get my GED. With my tutor, I’m learning new math skills. We are working on addition, subtraction, decimals, etc. My tutor has taught me about the ones, tens, hundreds, and thousands place too.

I want to apply for a job in the Department of Defense. It is a welding job. I have to have my GED to get hired. I have kids and a family that I want to take care of. With my job now, I can’t make enough money. The welding job is a good job and has a good future. I can learn something new and the pay is good. I hope to get the job as soon as I get my GED.”

Mohammad, GED & ESL Student

“I started working with Mid-State Literacy Council (MSLC) in November 2021. I want to get my GED so I can possibly go to school or get a better job. I am working towards an acting job because I am really passionate about it but need a job right now. With my tutor, I am learning about math, social studies, reading, and history. Right now, I’m learning about division, multiplication, and percents. Tutoring has helped refresh my memory about what I learned in school.  MSLC is a great program to be involved with especially if you didn’t graduate high school or are working towards your GED.”

Andrew, GED Student

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