Gorge Literacy provides free tutoring services to adult learners within the Columbia Gorge, including: Wasco, Hood River, Gilliam, Sherman, Wheeler, Klickitat and Skamania counties. Click here to find out more about Gorge Literacy and how you can get started!
Think of all the reading you may do in any single day: road signs, medicine labels, advertisements, email, notes from school, weather warnings, voter information, this website, and so much more. Now think what it would be like if you were unable to read or understand these many things that you may take for granted.
Together, we can build a stronger community.
Gorge Literacy tutors are volunteers that will work with you to achieve your literacy goals. Our trained tutors will work with your schedule and your timetable. Click here to contact a Gorge Literacy representative.
Adults who have not received high school diplomas are unemployed at nearly three times the rate of their peers with high school diplomas. (State of Oregon Employment Dept.)
The 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 read at or below a fifth-grade level, which prevents them from working at jobs with a living wage, hinders their ability to vote, and impedes their ability to read a newspaper. (National Institute for Literacy)
Gorge Literacy is funded by Adult Education and Family Literacy Outreach Tutoring Grant (Title II Adult Education & Family Literacy Workforce Investment Act of 1998) and generous donations from community members like you. Help support Gorge Literacy.
Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation
c/o Columbia Gorge Community College
400 East Scenic Drive
The Dalles, OR 97058
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Shared Voices, A New Writers’ Collection
Since 2001, Gorge Literacy has been publishing Shared Voices, an annual collection of writings by Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) student authors. Click here to view editions of Shared Voices.
Become a Published Author
- Deadline: PASSED for 2021. You may submit for the 2022 volume at this time.
- Must be enrolled in one of these CGCC Adult Education Programs: ESOL, GED, Gorge Literacy or Writing 90.
- Written within the last year, 1000 words maximum.
- Teachers and tutors may help.
- Spanish writings welcome.
- What to submit: Poems, letters, recipes, journal entries, stories, song lyrics.
- Topic ideas: Family, holidays, school, feelings, relationships, travel, pets, work, really anything!
- Published authors receive a free copy of Shared Voices.
Please contact Matt Fitzpatrick if you have any questions.
Book Release and Signing