Adult Basic Education

Adult Basic Education

Last year, 79% of students reported increased confidence in their basic literacy skills, positioning them for future success.


Some 40% of American adults lack the reading, writing, or math skills needed to succeed in postsecondary education. This means many people are not in the position to apply for any college or degree program. They do not qualify for many high-demand jobs or have the necessary skills required to be promoted by their employer.

Literacy Pittsburgh’s Adult Basic Education program helps students boost their reading, writing, and math skills so they may reach their personal and professional goals. Whether they want to earn a high school equivalency diploma, continue their education, or receive additional training for a job or a promotion, we help students define their goals and then offer the necessary learning opportunities. 

Students enter the program with a wide variety of skills and life experiences. Literacy Pittsburgh tailors instruction to meet each student’s unique needs. We offer both one-on-one and classroom instruction. Encouragement and a positive environment are keys to helping students gain both the skills and the confidence needed to make their goals a reality. 

Student Spotlight: Hindreen
Hindreen Al Khafaji came to the United States from Iraq. She and her family lived in a UNICEF-operated camp for people from cities all over Iraq. Each of the 230 people were driven from their homes and livelihoods by ISIS.
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