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.


Foundation Support 2017-2018

The Clatsop Community College Foundation, the Autzen Foundation and the City of Cannon Beach Community Grants program have made generous grants to the Adult Basic Skills/Volunteer Literacy Program.  These funds will purchase testing fees for GED students, sustain the Cannon Beach ESL Literacy program and support the development of improved curricula for GED preparation classes.  We very much appreciate this support!

Thanks to you all!


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 29, 2018 2:30-4:30 pm

Call 503-338-2557 to reserve a seat.

Main Campus, 1717 LEXINGTON, in the 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.



  • 36 million adults in the United States cannot read, write or do basic math above a third grade level.
  • Low literacy costs the US economy an estimated $225 billion each year in non-productivity in the workforce, from crime, and loss of tax revenue.
  • 43% of the people with the lowest levels of literacy live in poverty.
  • Children whose parents have low literacy levels have a 72% chance of being in the lowest reading levels themselves.
  • 2 million immigrants come to the US every year, and about 50% of them lack a high school education and proficient English skills.
  • 75% of state prison inmates did not complete high school or can be classified as low literate.
  • $232 billion per year in health care costs is linked to low adult literacy skills. 
  • 22% of adult Oregonians do not have high enough literacy skills to meet the demands of today’s changing workforce.
  • 11% of Oregon's population 18 years and older lacks a  high school diploma or GED.

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: 
August 17, 2018, 11:54 am
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