Strategic plan: Relevant

Nov 3, 2020Articles

In the October issue of The Spark Online, we introduced the overarching goals of our 2020-2023 strategic plan. Today, we are going to delve into the first of three pillars, Relevant.

Goal: Literacy Pittsburgh will be an important part of Pittsburgh’s talent development system.


  • Develop programming and services that accelerate student’s skill-building, education, and career
    development aligned to career pathways.
  • Develop and sustain strategic, cross-sector partnerships that enable seamless student support,
    career credentialing, and employment.
  • Develop blended instructional programming and capacity that advances digital literacy of adult
  • Promote the agency’s role and track record as an essential part of the workforce development system: an agency that leads, that learners trust and employers need.

Key Performance Metrics

  • Increase percentage of students attaining, retaining employment to 50%.
  • Double the percentage of students enrolling in post-secondary education and job training.
  • Double the percentage of students attaining high school equivalency credentials.
  • By year three, 25% of earned media and web traffic will be related to Literacy Pittsburgh’s role in the talent development system. 25% increase in followers and engagement in LinkedIn.

This priority reflects a shifting of our attention from growing enrollment to focusing on improving career outcomes for our students.  We aim to help our students become more relevant to our region’s career opportunities. These efforts will also boost Literacy Pittsburgh’s relevance to the talent development system, opening new doors to help our students succeed.

Literacy Pittsburgh (formerly Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council) helps create better lives through learning. Recognized as a national leader in adult and family literacy, Literacy Pittsburgh is the largest provider of adult basic education in Allegheny and Beaver Counties. Last year, Literacy Pittsburgh helped more than 4,000 individuals acquire the skills needed to reach their fullest potential in life and participate productively in their communities. Literacy Pittsburgh provides free, personalized instruction in workforce readiness, high school diploma test preparation, digital literacy, English language learning, math, reading, and family literacy through one-to-one and small class instruction. Founded in 1982, it serves local adults through numerous neighborhood locations and its Downtown Pittsburgh Learning Center.       

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