Adult Reading

The Adult Reading Program assists English speaking adults to improve their reading, writing, spelling, math, computer and study skills.

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.

The Adult Learner Class helps students beginning reading level  boost their reading, writing, and math skills so they may reach their personal and professional goals.

YCLC’s High School Equivalency (HSE) Program offers multi-level classroom instruction to help students language skills that will move them forward toward their goal of reading, writing and understanding math well enough to take the GED®/HiSET exams.

As May 2017, York County Literacy Council became the first 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


Program Overview

Students may request a trained tutor for weekday one-to-one tutoring. A student may also be placed in a small group tutoring session.

The class is based on Phonics Reading Horizon’s Discovering Intensive Phonics; a remedial reading program that incorporates the multi-sensory approach in its curriculum. Students attend weekday classes and have the opportunity to participate an online program.

GED/HiSET instruction classes are offered weekly. The GED Ready test, offered as part of the program, helps students determine their strengths and weaknesses. Instructors prepare students to succeed on exams for either the GED or the HiSET test.

Many students lack the necessary math skills required to successfully complete the GED/HISET test. This class focuses the mathematic skills needed to pass the math subject of a high school equivalency test or college entrance level placement test.

YCLC’S Digital Learning Center offers educational software and online educational programs which allow our students to enhance the classroom and tutoring lessons. Currently, the Digital Learning Center is by appointment only. Students can make an appointment with their department coordinator to visit to the Digital Learning Center.

To complement the foundational programs, YCLC hosts presentations that facilitate health, workplace 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

Currently, all YCLC classes are a hybrid of virtual and in-person class instruction. All on-site services are limited to a small group of clients. Clients are subject to a mandatory temperature check upon entry to the building and must wear a mask. Classrooms are arranged for distancing of at least 6 feet and YCLC clients and instructors are required to follow all CDC’s COVID-19 Guidelines for Schools.

Monday, Wednesday: 11:30am – 1:30pm

Tuesday, Wednesday: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Tuesday, Wednesday: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Monday, Wednesday 2:30 – 4pm

Friday: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


For additional information, call 717-845-8719 or email Kim Swindle or Melody Patton.



Shannan is now single and supporting her four children. After her marriage ended Shannan tells us, “Now this left me as single mom with no job and no way to support my children. I faced many challenges, including lack of child care so that I could work, as well as lack of job availability to me due to not having my High School Diploma. When I enrolled in the York County Literacy Council, my goal was to obtain my diploma so that I could find work. I earned it by taking the Hi-SET exams offered through them, so now I was able to look for better work and also attend college to further my education.”

Her future goals are to complete college and earn her degree in Criminal Justice as well as Psychology. She wants to be able to provide for her children and show them that no matter what struggles we face, we can overcome them. She is currently enrolled in HACC’s York Campus to pursue her Associate Degree and then will potentially transfer out to earn her Master’s Degree. Shannan received a $500 Blatner Scholarship from YCLC to help with costs of her education.

“I have spent months just to get this far which was a huge feat to overcome. My children are excited to see their mom in school! That alone made a world of difference”, says Shannan.

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