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Skagit Literacy

Statement of Purpose

Skagit Literacy provides quality, goal-based educational services for the people of Skagit County so that they can achieve economic and social independence. 

The Skagit Literacy programs fulfill the Community Action mission by providing classes to support English language reading, writing, speaking and listening skill development. The GED and ABE parts of the program include educational support for adults in learning to read, use mathematics for practical purposes, think critically and access information. Our literacy program also supports the literacy development of children by providing preschool appropriate early literacy support, school aged homework support, and infant and toddler language development programming for the children of enrolled adult students. Parenting classes share techniques and tools that support children’s literacy development with interested parents. To be self sufficient in our world requires that we have the ability to communicate with others as well as understand what is being communicated to us.

What is Skagit Literacy?

Skagit Literacy, a program of Skagit County Community Action Agency, offers free tutoring for adults in one-to-one, small group, and classroom settings.  We are not a school. We work with learners to develop their individual goals, education plan and curriculum, and we adapt instruction to the student's preferred learning style. The only requirements for enrollment in the program are demonstrated educational need, motivation and ability to attend classes regularly. We offer a variety of services throughout Skagit County, from Anacortes to Concrete.

Skagit Literacy recruits, trains and supports community volunteers to work one-to-one and in small groups tutoring English as a Second Language and Basic Skills.  Annually, more than 100 volunteers work with more than 500 adult learners in Skagit County to realize their dreams of improved job opportunities, self-sufficient family management, and active citizenship. Volunteer Literacy is funded by the US Department of Education and through a Washington State Office of Adult Literacy Volunteer Literacy Grant.

To be a volunteer, please attend one of our monthly information sessions.



Adult Basic Education (ABE)

ABE students are taught primarily through small group instruction by volunteer tutors. This confidential, personalized, and goal-oriented approch focuses on reading and writing. For more information, please contact Rachel or call 360-416-7585 ext. 1112.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Skagit Literacy meets the dramatic need for English language instruction in Skagit County through small group and classroom instruction. We base instruction, including conversation, reading and writing, upon student goals. Most ESL classes are taught by volunteers. For classes, please contact Soledad or call 416-7585. To volunteer, please contact Rachel or call 360-416-7585 ext. 1112.

Family Literacy

This unique program provides literacy instruction for the whole family with the aim of breaking the cycle of illiteracy.  Families engage in activities that promote reading together. In addition to basic skills and ESL, parents study parenting, child development, and the important role of parent as teacher.  Children work to improve their English skills and with the guidance of their teachers, get homework help that enables children to become more successful in school.  This program is offered at three local sites:

  • Mount Vernon School District funds Family Literacy at La Venture Middle School.
  • Even Start funds programming at Madison Elementary, which is a collaboration between the Mount Vernon School District, Northwest ESD 189, and Skagit County Community Action Agency.
  • At Westview Elementary in Burlington, the Community Literacy program is funded by Skagit County Readiness to Learn and the Burlington-Edison School District.

For more information, please contact Melanie or call 360-416-7585 ext. 1133.

GED and Career Prep 

Programming focuses on providing opportunities for those who have dropped out of high school and need help preparing for the GED exam. In addition to increasing basic skills, the program provides career planning and training in collaboration with WorkSource Skagit and has a strong working relationship with Skagit County Youth and Family Services. This AmeriCorps program offers services in Mount Vernon and will be offered in Hamilton and county-wide through an Internet-based distance education program.  For more information, please contact Holli or call 360-416-7585.

Workplace Literacy

This innovative fee-for-service program was created to meet the diverse needs of Skagit County companies and their employees. To this end, Workplace Literacy partners directly with local businesses, providing classes customized for the company and also for the students. The program offers classes in Spanish as a Second Language, English as a Second Language, or a combination English/Spanish class wherein students learn from both their instructor and from one another. The goals of this program include increased worker satisfaction and retention, increased productivity, and improving participating businesses' ability to adapt to change. Past local partners include: Skagit Gardens Wholesale of Mount Vernon, Tomco Marine Group of La Conner, SeaBear Smokehouse of Anacortes, Janicki Industries of Sedro-Woolley, and Washington Alder of Mount Vernon. For more information, please contact Rachel or call 360-416-7585 ext. 1112.

Financial Literacy

The Financial Literacy program is designed to help low-income families set and reach their financial goals. Through a combination of financial training, consumer awareness and individual financial counseling, participants are introduced to basic banking concepts, credit repair and long-term achievement of goals such as purchasing a home, opening a business or financing an education.

For more information, please contact Devin or call 360-416-7585. 

US Citizenship

This class prepares intermediate and advanced ESL students for the citizenship interview, exam, and accompanying paperwork. For more information, please contact Rachel  or call 360-416-7585 ext. 1112.


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