With a commitment to lifelong learning and self-empowerment, Literacy Source strives to make its services ever more accessible and tailored to each learner. 

Area community and technical colleges do much to address the needs of adults who seek to improve their basic skills or learn English, but many individuals face barriers that prevent them from attending community college classes or need more individualized support than large classes can provide. Community-based organizations like Literacy Source provide a critical service by prioritizing services for low-income, high-need students who may need more flexible scheduling, individualized instruction, and/or on-going support and guidance to succeed.  

At Literacy Source, we know that one size doesn't fit all. As one of only eight community based organizations in the state funded by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, we collaborate with local community colleges and others offering adult basic education, and provide a unique educational model for students that includes:

  • Low student-teacher ratio: Unlike Basic Skills classes at community college that have a minimum of 15 students, Literacy Source maintains a student-teacher ratio of 5 to 1.

  • Individual support: Literacy Source supplements classes with one-on-one tutoring with hundreds of trained and supported community volunteers.

  • Individual learning plans: A staff instructional advising team assesses and counsels students and trains and supports volunteer tutors, enabling us to tailor instruction to meet the specific goals of each learner.

  • Co-location: We have the ability and flexibility to partner and create classrooms where there is a need, including workplaces, family centers, elementary schools, and other locations where students live and work.

  • Customized curriculum: We adapt our services and curriculum to the specific needs of the students.

Read more about our teaching philosophy here.