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Please note: 
Our street name has been changed from Marietta Street to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. 
We are in the same location, but our address is now 116 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Gastonia, NC 28052.


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Organizational Overview

Gaston Literacy Council, Inc., the primary provider of literacy services in Gaston County, is a progressive organization dedicated to helping individuals improve their reading, writing, mathematics, listening, speaking, and technology skills.  All services are free and confidential.


Founded in 1964 as a volunteer organization, Gaston Literacy Council, (GLC) is a private non-profit that exists to improve the literacy rate in our community, thereby contributing to the economic development of our county and our region.  Gaston County’s literacy rate of 78.9% as of 2010 is below the State and National averages (84% and 85%, respectively), and without at least a high school education, 21% of Gaston County’s adults are considered functionally illiterate.  We help our clients become functionally literate through advocacy initiatives and instructional services.  Our organization is staffed by professionals specially trained in the filed of adult education.

GLC tailors its services to support our community's economic development initiatives, elementary school reading goals, high school graduation rates, and increased civic involvement.  As our County’s economy has changed, Gaston Literacy’s role in the community has also evolved, from imparting basic survival skills to helping clients attain the GED® and/or Career Readiness Certificate (CRC), enter post-secondary education and/or the workforce, and earn Citizenship.  GLC’s services empower students to be engaged in the community, participate in their children’s education, vote, and take control of their health. 

GLC trains a segment of our County’s workforce that lacks the skills to compete in today’s job market.  With GLC’s help, our students achieve their educational and employment goals and earn family-sustaining wages leading to a fundamental improvement in their quality of life.

Gaston Literacy is an accredited affiliate of ProLiteracy America, the national association that acknowledges literacy organizations that are distinguished by superior professional leadership, effective programs, committed governing boards, and outstanding volunteer support.  ProLiteracy America President Marsha L. Tait praised GLC for demonstrating “its ability to meet the highest standards of excellence in providing literacy services to its students and volunteers.”

GLC has been recognized for its leadership in improving our community’s literacy rate.  For example, GLC has been recognized by the North Carolina Community College System as an agency whose program practices are effective and efficient. 

We gratefully acknowledge our volunteers and donors who help bring about remarkable results year after year, and we appreciate their philosophy of continuous improvement as we work together to deliver the best possible services to our clients.






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International Festival of Foods

In December, all of Gaston Literacy Council, Inc.'s classes came together to make recipes and share food and fellowship. Under construction...

How to make Polverones

More International Recipes