Adult Literacy


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About the Literacy Center

The Literacy Center offers literacy programs to adults at no charge. Classes are taught by trained instructors and involve one-to-one or small group instructions for adults looking to improve reading, writing, math and study skills. We also offer help with getting your high school diploma (GED and Career Online High School), the citizenship exam, and English as a second language (ESL). This program protects the rights of individuals with disabilities by providing equal access to programs and services.  If you have a learning or testing need, please contact Emily at 970-683-2443.


High School Equivalency

Mesa County Libraries offers two paths to success:  GED Prep Classes and Career Online High School.  Please contact the Literacy Center to enroll now!

GED Prep Classes

  • With this option, you will:
    • Achieve the skills to pass the GED subject tests (one per semester)
    • Work with a teacher and your peers in an in-class setting
    • Enjoy a structured program schedule with a specific start and end date
  •  Requirements include:
    • Being able to commit to six hours of in-class coursework per week (two three-hour sessions)
    • Completing an entry and exit assessment

Career Online High School

  • With this option, you will:
    • Achieve an accredited high school diploma and career certification in one of eight fields
    • Have an academic coach available to assist you via phone and email
    • Enjoy completing the online coursework at your own pace within the 18 months allotted to fulfill graduation requirements
  • Requirements include:
    • Having access to a computer
    • Successfully completing a self-assessment, prerequisite course, and in-person interview

Please note that every COHS and GED program applicant is also required to:

  • Have a library card to access the programs for no additional charge
  • Be 16 years of age or older
  • Be a resident of Mesa County


ESL and Citizenship Classes

English as a Second Language classes are offered at various times during the week. Classes are offered for either 1.5 hours or 6 hours per week, depending on a student’s English level and schedule availability.

Citizenship classes are designed to help students study the skills they need to pass the naturalization test. Classes are offered one time a week, for 1.5 hours per class.

For more information or to set up an appointment to enroll in these classes, call the Literacy Center at 970-683-2443.


Language Learning

Mango Languages

Mango prepares learners for realistic conversations and strengthens everyday communication skills in over 70 world languages, including English. Apps available for Apple and Android devices.


How Do I Become a Volunteer Tutor?

Volunteer tutors are crucial to our students’ success, and are the backbone of our program. Work with adults one-on-one or in groups instructing reading, writing, citizenship preparation and conversation skills. To apply, please fill out an online volunteer application form or visit this page to print off a paper form and return it to the Literacy Center at the Central library.


Other Community Resources

Representatives of The Literacy Center are happy to conduct presentations for your group on the problem of illiteracy in our community. We can provide statistics and facts about illiteracy and its impact on our world plus provide more information on our services.


Additional GED / High School Diploma Resources

Citizenship Links

Learning Links


Donate to the Literacy Center

The Literacy Center depends on grants and private donations to assist in providing free services to Mesa County residents. To support the efforts of The Literacy Center and make a difference in someone’s life, donations can be made directly to Mesa County Libraries. Your support is greatly appreciated.


Contact Information

General Contact:

Literacy Program: 970-683-2443

Community/Outreach Liason (habla Español): 970-683-2433

Head of Literacy Services: 970-683-2431