Immigrants and refugees coming to Pittsburgh face a new city, a new language, and a whole new way of life. Some have suffered great hardships, escaping poverty and unrest for safety, freedom and better economic opportunities. While some may have little schooling, others were accomplished professionals in their homeland. The language barrier is all that is holding them back from success.
Literacy Pittsburgh helps foreign-born individuals learn the English language and American culture so they can thrive in their community. Teaching is tailored to each student’s skill level and goals. Classes focus on speaking and listening skills, succeeding in the workplace, digital literacy, and navigating day-to-day life in a new city and culture. Students also have the opportunity to prepare for the U.S. citizenship exam.
This program is for students who plan to remain in the United States permanently. The program is not intended for visitors to the U.S. or those with an F1 Visa.