Building literacy in a collaborative, inclusive, comprehensive manner

The Saint Paul Community Literacy Consortium:

  • Prepares people for meaningful employment and higher education
  • Fosters better K12 outcomes and stronger families
  • Supports economic development

Last year, SPCLC served 11,131 learners: 27% were Asian, 44% were Black or African American, 21% were Hispanic, 6% were White, and 2% were two or more races.

SPCLC received the 2014 PEGASUS Award as Outstanding Large Consortium at the ABE Summer Institute.

SPCLC Member Agencies


Comunidades Latinos Unidas en Servicio- CLUES

Guadalupe Alternative Programs - GAP

Hmong American Partnership – HAP

Hmong Cultural Center of Minnesota

International Institute of Minnesota

Minnesota Literacy Council – MLC


Neighborhood House

Saint Paul Public Schools ABE

Vietnamese Social Services of Minnesota

Associate Members:

Jewish Community Center – JCC

St. Paul Public Library


GED Options and Adult Diploma

SPCLC provides both GED preparation and the new Minnesota Adult Diploma.

Northstar Digital Literacy Project

SPCLC is a primary convener of the Northstar Digital Literacy Project. Individuals can assess their ability to perform basic tasks on computers and online through online, self-guided modules. A Northstar sponsorship is now provided for each Minnesota ABE consortium. Northstar is used in nearly 400 locations in 39 states and provinces.

College Readiness Academy

The College Readiness Academy (CRA) prepares ABE students for college while limiting or eliminating their need to complete Dev Ed classes. This helps students complete their certificate or degree programs more rapidly, saving time and money. 64 CRA students are currently enrolled in college, with 86 students total bypassing 222 Dev. Ed. classes to date, saving $141,951. CRA grads have received over $59,000 in scholarships.

College Yes!

Hubbs Center has a new program, "College Yes!," serving recent English language high school graduates from St. Paul Public Schools who need to improve their academics skills in preparation for college. About 30 students are already enrolled, attending class 20 hours a week.

Distance Learning

Adult learners participating in SPCLC distance learning combined with face-to-face classes in a study had outcomes 55% higher than those who participated only in classroom work!

In 2016, SPCLC delivered 48,182 hours of distance learning to 1,833 adult learners. SPCLC also supports Minnesota Literacy Council in the statewide Distance Learning Supplemental Services Project.


SPCLC Services

Download list of SPCLC agencies, locations, contact information, and services offered.