Adult Reading

Adult Reading Program

York County Literacy Council (YCLC)’s Adult Reading program assists fluent English-speaking adults (18 years and older) to improve their reading, writing, spelling, math, computer and study skills. Students may be placed in an appropriate level classroom, and/or matched with a trained tutor for weekly one-to-one or small group tutoring sessions.


Adult Learners Class

The Adult Learners Class (level 1-3) is based on Reading Horizon’s Discovering Intensive Phonics; a remedial reading program that incorporates the multisensory approach in its curriculum. Students attend weekly classes and have the opportunity to also participate in the online program.


High School Equivalency (HSE) Preparation Classes

There are a number of preparation classes offered weekly to prepare students for the high school equivalency testing.  These include HSE (level 8-12), Pre-HSE (level 4-7), ReEntry HSE (level 8-12).  Instructors prepare students to succeed on taking the GED® or HISET® exams to earn their HSE diploma.


Math Class    

This multi-leveled math class focuses on the numeracy skills needed to pass the HSE exams, enter higher education or training programs and for employment.

Classes range from Adult Learners (Phonetics) to High School Equivalency (HSE). Students are placed in a class or with a tutor depending on what fits their needs best.

York County Literacy Council is the HiSET® High School Equivalency (paper-based) test site in York County. To register for testing or for more information about HiSET visit

Registration Process

Clients interested in the Adult Reading Program must call the office to make an appointment with the Adult Reading Department. Students will register for a free orientation and take an initial test to determine placement in the program. Students will be placed in a class or with a tutor based on availability. There is no time limit for a student to complete the program, however students must be engaged in the program, come to classes and/or tutoring on time and follow guidelines highlight in YCLC’s Student Handbook.  Applicants must complete the York County Literacy Council Student Intake Form and the AR Goal Sheet: AR Goal Sheet,  Student Intake Form


  • Achieve a high school equivalency diploma
  • Enter post-secondary education or a professional training program
  • Obtain employment or prepare for job advancement
  • Prepare for the written driver’s license exam
  • Develop basic computer skills
  • Improve reading or math skills
  • Read to and help their children with schoolwork

To complement the foundational programs, YCLC hosts presentations that facilitate health, workplace, digital and financial, literacy skills. Presentations may include topics like: Credit Reports and Scores, A Balanced Budget, and Nutrition. Workplace presentations are offered by members of the community who have expertise in areas of employment such as: manufacturing, robotics, healthcare, construction and service industries. These presentations help advance the knowledge and skills necessary to gain employment, access health and wellness information, and achieve self-sufficiency.

Class Schedule

YCLC classes are a hybrid of virtual and in-person class instruction.  Students are subject to a mandatory temperature check upon entry to the building and must wear a mask.  Schedules are available at Orientations or call for additional information.

For additional information, call 717-845-8719 or email  Melody Patton  or Jennifer Adams. 



Dan came to YCLC for his high school equivalency because he wanted to study welding.  He wants to better himself and make his family’s future better.  After attending YCLC classes and receiving his High School Equivalency, he has more confidence and is very appreciative of the help he received.