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May, June, 2020

Worship & COVID-19

Due to the coronavirus, our building is closed for worship services and all activities until governmental and health authorities permit large gatherings of people. This includes funerals and weddings. Please join us in the comfort of your home for pre-recorded worship on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m.

ALC

In October 2014, Pine Street Presbyterian Church opened the Adult Learning Center (ALC), its community outreach mission program to serve adult learners in the greater Harrisburg area. The ALC at Pine Street is housed on the main floor of the Boyd Memorial Center at 234 South Street, down from the corner of Third and South Streets.

Designed

To provide personalized, student-centered education to adults over the age of 18.

This includes

math
skills

language
skills

study
skills

test taking
skills

computer
skills

literacy
skills

ESTD.2014

An Educational Cooperative

The ALC at Pine Street operates in collaboration with Tri-County OIC, located at 5th and Maclay Streets in Harrisburg. Tri-County OIC has offered courses and other training to adults in the Harrisburg community since 1965. Visit them at www.tricountyoic.org. The ALC functions as a much needed “rapid response re-entry” program offering targeted, individualized instruction based on each student’s own specific learning needs.

Enrollment & Classes

Adults who feel this educational approach would benefit them should first contact Tri-County OIC at (717) 238-7318 for more information and to apply for admission to the program. Those recommended for enrollment at the ALC at Pine Street will be identified by the Tri-County OIC staff and then will be assigned to the downtown campus. No one can be admitted directly into the ALC program without being referred by Tri-County OIC. The ALC at Pine Street offers classes from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings.

The ALC at Pine Street is equipped with a computer lab and instructional areas designed to accommodate students in settings and configurations that facilitate student-centered teaching and learning. All textbooks, computer software, and other necessary instructional materials are provided free of charge.

Arrangements have been made for free parking. For students using public transportation, there is a CAT bus stop located at Third and South Streets. The ALC is not able to provide childcare.

ALC

Offering classes from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings.

ALC

Offering classes from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings.

What Will be Taught at the ALC?

Core Subjects

The Adult Learning Center offers instruction and tutoring in the core subject areas of Mathematics and Language Arts (including English Usage and Reading Comprehension) at the level needed by each student and in a variety of teaching formats, including:

  • one-on-one
  • in pairs or very small groups
  • on occasion, all together and
  • in a more formal classroom setting

The ALC at Pine Street also includes a heavy emphasis on computer literacy through:

  • introductory instruction in computer skills using specially designed software for beginners
  • use of a software program that focuses on the application of math and language skills
  • independent time to practice using computers

Computer Skills

Additional Skills Development

In addition to a concentration on the core academic subjects and technical competency in using computers, the ALC at Pine Street is intended to help these adult students develop the “soft skills” which are so important in achieving both educational and workplace success, including:

  • focusing on goal setting, learning, and strategic study skills
  • listening to and understanding instructions
  • organizing materials and time management
  • developing situation-appropriate communications skills

Qualified volunteers from Pine Street Presbyterian Church and other community-minded institutions provide the instruction in their roles as “learning facilitators” or coaches. Their emphasis is on supportive personal interactions and student-centered learning. The instructional approach taken by the learning facilitators at the ALC at Pine Street centers on:

  • recognizing, valuing, and using each student’s personal interests, talents, life experiences, and learning goals
  • teaching not only the core subject knowledge but also:
    – critical thinking skills
    – problem-solving skills
    – dialogue and collaborative learning techniques
  • preparing students to integrate and transfer learning in the core subject areas to new situations
  • independent time to practice using computers

Instruction

ESL (English as a Second Language)

The ALC at Pine Street offers learning experiences for English as a Second Language (ESL) adult students. All classes are learner-centered with instruction directed at students’ short-term and long-term goals. Conversational English, grammar, reading, and listening comprehension are emphasized.

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Psalm 46:1

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

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