SPCLC began in 1994 as a comprehensive effort to Hand on page of book as person readsincrease adult literacy in St. Paul. It works to improve the quality and expand the availability of English as a Second Language (ESL), other Adult Basic Education (ABE) services, GED attainment, career pathways, distance learning, family literacy, and related services. Funded through the private and public sectors, SPCLC works collaboratively and cross-culturally to benefit adult learners.

  • 2016: Initiated culturally specific outreach to the African American community, utilizing a newly created VISTA position. Member of African American Futures Initiative, funded by the Saint Paul Foundation.
  • 2015: SPCLC selected as an inital Adult Diploma pilot site (at Hubbs). College Readiness Academy initiated with MSPWin funding.
  • 2014: SPCLC receives the PEGASUS Award (Programs of Excellence Guaranteeing Adult Students Unlimited Success) from Literacy Action Network at the annual Summer Institute in St. Cloud. SPCLC wins in the Large Consortium category.
  • 2010-2012: SPCLC expands and strengthens FastTRAC career pathways programming; works to enhance transitions of adult learners into higher education and the workforce; and develops distance learning, including piloting Learner Web. Coordinates community-wide development of the Northstar Digital Literacy project. In 2012, International Institute of Minnesota joins SPCLC as a member.
  • 1995-2010: SPCLC emphasizes quality assurance and achievement of educational outcomes for all learners. Completes work on federally funded Community Technology Center project expanding community technology access points and resources. SPCLC becomes increasingly active in public policy, advocating at the state and federal levels for the needs of adult learners and their families.
  • 1998: Collaborative reorganized as the Saint Paul Community Literacy Consortium. This enables many non-profit provider members to access Minnesota Department of Education Adult Basic Education (ABE) funding for the first time, providing resources to further improve and expand services.
  • 1994: Implementation begins. Early programs include improvements in the information and referral system for adult learners; development of ESL standards; enhanced technology resources for all members; a citywide volunteer recruitment campaign; development of citizenship preparation programs for refugees and immigrants; and creation of Functional Work English to help non-English speakers on public assistance.
  • 1992: Three years of intensive planning and preparation for the Community Literacy Collaborative begin in 1992. Bridges built between community-based non-profits and the St. Paul Public Schools.


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