We offer research-based programs that are individualized to meet the needs of each adult or teen learner. This page provides brief descriptions of our core and auxiliary programs.
Each year, 100 to 150 adults ages 18 and older are matched with trained volunteer tutors or placed in small group classes taught by program staff. Each adult receives research-based instruction in reading and writing that is tailored to his or her specific needs as well as support in achieving other personal goals. We also provide GED® tutoring and classes for adult learners.
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Each year, 300 adults ages 18 and older are placed in leveled small group English classes led by trained volunteer instructors. The classes cover speaking, listening, reading, and writing on real-world topics such as health, transportation, housing, employment, shopping, and education.
YEP provides one-on-one instruction to prepare out-of-school teens and young adults to pass the HiSET® tests. The program also provides college prep, career counseling, and life skills mentoring.
We offer computer literacy classes each semester. Each nine-week class focuses on basic computer skills, such as using a mouse, typing, creating a document, and using the Internet. We also provide one-on-one assistance to help meet specific computer literacy-related needs. Learn more.
High School Equivalency and Job/Life Skills Program in the Durham County Detention Facility
Through a partnership with the Durham Sheriff's Office, individuals who are incarcerated can participate in Life Skills and Job-Readiness and/or high school equivalency classes provided by DLC staff. Our main objectives are to provide high quality instruction, instill hope, set goals, and reconnect these young people to the community.
Our main facility at 1905 Chapel Hill Road provides tutors and students enrolled in any of our programs with free access to our:
> Public computer labs with
Internet access and a printer
> Lending library
The DLC's Achievement Academy provides small group GED® classes and one-on-one tutoring for students who need to improve their reading skills prior to GED-level study.
DLC-Threshold Reading and Math Class
DLC instructor Elizabeth Tietgen teaches a reading and math class at the Threshold Clubhouse. The class covers a wide range of topics - e.g., GED preparation, creative writing, poetry, and basic math - for adult learners at many levels. (Threshold serves adults living with severe mental illness.)
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