Volunteer Literacy

Who are we?
We are part of the Adult Basic Skills Department at CCC. ABS runs the GED and ESL (English as a Second Language) classes in Astoria, Seaside, Clatskanie, and Cannon Beach.

Where are we?
Clatsop Community College is in Astoria at 1717 Lexington Avenue. The Volunteer Literacy Tutor Program office is located in the old Student Services Center (SSC), SW corner suite. Click here for the Main Campus map.

What services do we provide?
We’re here to help local residents gain or improve basic literacy skills. Many of our students are unable to enroll in regular classes because of long work hours, or because they lack transportation and childcare. We find and train volunteers who meet with and instruct adults in English as a Second Language, reading, writing and math.

Trainings are held regularly each term, and tutor orientations are provided on an ongoing, individual basis. We assess all students and provide free study materials. Most volunteers commit to 1-2 hours a week with their student.

Many tutors now work with Spanish-speakers. Some tutors work with native English speakers who want to obtain a GED or upgrade their reading, writing and math skills. We also help students study for the citizenship exam. Prior teaching experience or knowledge of a language other than English is not needed. Patience and a commitment to the student are the primary qualities of good literacy tutors. The tutor also must be able to relate to the learner as a peer, not as teacher and student.


CCC Foundation and Autzen Foundation Support

The Clatsop Community College Foundation and the Autzen Foundation have made generous grants to the Adult Basic Skills/Volunteer Literacy Program that will allow us to purchase new study materials and technology to aid our students.  We very much appreciate this support which will enhance our abilities to serve our students.  

Thank you!


US Citizenship Workshop

Call for an Appointment

Are you eligible to become a US citizen?  Have you met the residency requirements?  Do you want to learn about the application process?  The US Office of Citizenship and Immigration Services estimates that there are as many as 100,000 Oregon residents who are eligible to apply for citizenship.  Come in to learn how to fill out the application, what the costs are, and review study materials needed to pass the English and civics exams.  Learn how long the process takes and about conducting a successful interview.  Tutors are available to help applicants with the English requirements.  Call  338-2557 or email to make an appointment.

Guidebook to The Naturalization Process (401KB)  


Guía del proceso de naturalización (382KB)



AUGUST 20, Saturday

12:00-2:00 PM

Call 503-338-2557 to reserve a seat.

Main Campus, SSC SW Corner Suite

Individual orientations available upon request.


Join our team of motivated tutors.
Call 503-338-2557 to start
changing lives through improved literacy.



  • Literacy levels of parents are crucial in predicting their children's literacy levels and educational attainment. (National Institute for Literacy)
  • More than 20% of adults in the USA read at or below a fifth-grade level. (National Institute for Literacy)
  • 12% of the adult population in the USA lacks a high school credential.  That's almost 38,000,000 people.
  • There are over 12,000,000 adults in the USA who speak English less than well or not at all.
  • 22% of adult Oregonians do not have high enough literacy skills to meet the demands of today’s changing workforce.
  • In 2011, the US Census Bureau reported that 340,000 Oregonians or about 11% of Oregon's population 18 years and older lacked a  high school diploma or GED.
  • According to 2010 US Census data, Oregonians age 25-64 with less than a high school or equivalent diploma had an unemployment rate of 17.3%.  That's about 3 times the rate of their peers with high school diplomas or GEDs.
  • On average, each dropout over his or her lifetime will cost the nation about $260,000 in lost earnings, taxes and productivity compared with a high school graduate who does not go to college.  This figure does not include income supplements like TANF, food stamps and housing subsidies for low-income Americans.

Call or email Eileen Purcell at 503-338-2557 or come by the Literacy Office at 1651 Lexington, Astoria, in the SSC, SW corner suite to arrange to be tutored.


Volunteer Literacy Newsletter Download:

Newsletters - read current and past newsletters


It is the policy of Clatsop Community College that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, sex, marital status, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability in any educational programs, activities, or employment. Questions or complaints should be directed to the Affirmative Action/Title IX Officer in Library 108 at 503-338-2450; TDD 503-338-2468. The Section 504 Coordinator is located in the Student Services Center 503-338-2474. For ADA and other accommodations call: 503-338-2474 TDD 503-338-2468


Es la política de Clatsop Community College que no habrá ningún tipo de discriminación o acoso por razón de raza, color, género, estado civil, religión, origen nacional, edad, orientación sexual, o discapacidad en los programas educativos, actividades o en la contratación. Preguntas o quejas deben ser dirigidas al Oficial de  Acción Afirmativa / Título IX localizado en la Biblioteca oficina número 108, número de teléfono 503-338-2450, TDD (discapacidad auditiva)  503-338-2468. El Coordinador de la Sección 504 se encuentra en el Centro de Servicios Estudiantiles, número de teléfono 503-338-2474. Para ADA y otras peticiones de servicios llame al 503-338-2474 o para TDD (discapacidad auditiva) 503-338-2468

Para más información, vea la página Web de Clatsop Community College bajo Información en Español


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Last Updated: 
July 6, 2016, 4:09 pm
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