Culpeper Literacy Council


Vision: Building a stronger community by empowering individuals to improve their quality of life through literacy instruction.
Mission: Helping adults develop their abilities to understand, speak, read and write English.



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Address: 415 S Main St Suite 204
Culpeper, VA 22701
Phone Number: 540-825-5804
Literacy Defined: One's ability to read and write printed materials effectively enough to function in his or her own environment. Literacy's definition is constantly evolving because the demands of society, technology and the workplace are constantly growing.

How we work: CLC collaborates with other community organizations to provide basic literacy services. When Culpeper community adults have the literacy skills they need our entire community benefits with a more qualified workforce, a higher standard of living, more involved citizens, improved healthcare outcomes and parents who are able to support their children's education.

Who we serve: Our literacy students come to us from the United States and all over the world. There are over 26 countries represented through our students at any given time. The majority of our students are from Central and South America, but we also have students from Europe, Africa and Asia.

Services provided: We provide instruction through trained volunteer tutors for students to improve their literacy skills and those studying ESL. We have a weekly schedule of ESL classes as well as one-on-one tutors who meet with their students weekly. We provide materials such as workbooks, reference material, and learning software.

Our tutors: Our tutors are volunteers from the community who give some of their time to meet, help and teach students who are developing their literacy and/or English language skills.

Our Programs: We provide three distinct programs for our adult learners.

The Adult Basic Education program provides one-on-one tutoring to adults wishing to learn how to read or improve their literacy skills. Digital Literacy skills are also provided as part of this program.

The English as a Second Language Program is offered throughout the week for students who wish to learn English by using a variety of curriculum and techniques. 11 distinct classes provide English instruction from the very basic level to high level reading and writing classes. EL/Civics is available for any adult learner who needs assistance in the proces to become a United States Citizen.

CLC, in a strong partnership with Piedmont Regional Adult and Continuing Education Program (PRACEP), provides the only daytime GED class in Culpeper County. The class operates year round and is designed to prepare students for the GED test. Educational materials are provided by CLC, the instructor is provided by PRACEP.

Culpeper Literacy Council also provides the local Adult Detention Center with tutors for inmates who want to obtain their GED. One-on-one tutoring is provided and when ready, students have the opportunity to take both the GED OPT and the official GED test while incarcerated through PRACEP.

My school is small and beautiful. The teachers are very polite, patient and very smart. When I started the class I remember I didn't understand anything. I remember one day I didn't understand and I cried and left. But I said to myself, you need to understand English, please calm down. I don't know where I got my strength from but I stayed in class. Thank you teachers: Doris, Lona, Luis, Frank, Michelle, Crist, Marco, Lucie and Phyllis for being patient with me. I need more of your patience for next year. Thank you very much. (Student - Fermina)

I want to show my appreciation to all CLC personnel for their help and support during my current studies of the English language. They not only care about teaching the lessons, but they also give us the help to develop confidence and security in our classes. This has encouraged me to attend the program and improve my command of English. Thank you. (Student - Lilian)