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Nonprofits Collaborate and Cooperate to Improve Services to the Community

Collaboration Builds Strength

In addition to teaching its own students, Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council (GPLC) is interested in improving the system of adult education programs in the entire region.  Over its 33-year history GPLC has provided many other literacy programs with training and advice.  As a large and experienced provider of services, GPLC has much to offer to other agencies.

Recently GPLC provided assistance to the new director of Adult Literacy Action Penn State Beaver (ALA) in Beaver County, GPLC’s sister agency.  Mary Leitao, the director, has been a classroom aide, teacher, and professional development specialist at ALA for four years but is new to administration.  GPLC’s director was able to share policies and procedures that can help the Beaver County program improve and succeed.

Each adult education program that receives state funding is required to have a volunteer component.  GPLC was able to train the ALA staff in volunteer management procedures.  In addition, GPLC advised the ALA staff on student eligibility and testing processes.

During this time of tight resources and a very late state budget, it’s crucial for nonprofits to cooperate and collaborate.  Each nonprofit can ask where the best expertise in their field is to be found and then find a way to tap that expertise through a collaboration.  As a result, the quality of all services will be improved.

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Make Your Friends Before You Need Them

Over the past two years Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council (GPLC) has learned a great deal about communicating with elected officials. Some of this learning may be helpful to other nonprofit organizations. Prior to 2012, GPLC communicated quite a bit with legislators at the state and federal levels, but that communication often came in response to… Continue Reading

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Big Changes Coming in GED Testing

Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council (GPLC) wants all nonprofit agencies to know about the big changes that are coming in the GED or high school equivalency test. Anyone who has begun taking the five sections of the test but who has not finished all of them by December 31 of this year will lose all the… Continue Reading

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GPLC Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council (GPLC) is celebrating its 30th anniversary of providing life-changing educational programs to adults and families.  Among the events planned for this anniversary are the following: –  On Founder’s Day, August 28, a ceremony was held in the Mt. Lebanon Public Library to commemorate the anniversary.  GPLC was founded by a volunteer… Continue Reading

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GPLC Opens GED Testing Center

Hundreds of young people and adults in the Pittsburgh area want to take the GED tests to get their high school equivalency diploma.  A year ago there were only three testing centers in all of Allegheny County, but two of them have closed!  Students have been waiting three or four months or longer for an… Continue Reading

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