Through its small staff and volunteer tutors, CALC provides free diagnostic testing and one-to-one instruction in reading and writing. Student goals are paramount and may include reaching grade level or job requirements for literacy, earning a GED, and preparing for citizenship testing.


Our free programs are geared toward children struggling in school, at risk-teens, and adults. Immigrants and refugee families can learn English as a second language.


To empower Capital Area elementary school students working to boost their reading and writing skills, community volunteers and MSU students are trained and supervised to provide free, individual instruction in reading and writing to children in poverty. We serve schools on the bottom of reading and achievement scores in Michigan. Program quality is recognized by letters from Lansing principals and administrators; pre- and post-tests document reading gains of children.

Instruction takes place outside school hours at designated school locations.  Capital Area Literacy Coalition (CALC) provides supervision, expertise, and materials.

Call 517-485-4949 for more information


CALC’s FREE GED program provides students with the opportunity to earn their High School Equivalency and expand their employment and education possibilities. The GED test is made up of four subjects, broken into separate exams. The subjects are math, language arts, social studies, and science. Because we recognize that many adult learners have busy schedules, we provide study materials for each GED subject and allow students to work at their own pace. Students come into our building weekly to take practice tests and meet with the GED coordinator to discuss their progress. Students who need extra support or guidance may be paired with a GED tutor, who will assist them in learning content requirements and improving study skills. We accept students from all educational backgrounds and encourage anyone who is interested in receiving their GED to contact us and get enrolled!

Call 517-485-4949 to enroll



It’s never too late to achieve literacy in English and reach your goals.  Adults can benefit from free, one-to-one tutoring in basic reading and writing; GED preparation with free testing; and English Language/Citizenship test preparation (immigrants from over 45 countries have come to CALC!).  Challenges often include not being able to fill out forms, read directions, or communicate in writing.  CALC’s free testing helps determine reading level English fluency, aiding optimal matching of students and tutors.


We offer both one-to-one instruction as well as classes for ESL students.  Some speak no English at all, while others have varied degrees of ability.  Please call for an appointment with our Reading Specialist to be assessed (517-485-4949).  Refugees and immigrants from over 45 countries have received English instruction with CALC.



ORGANIZE programs

Literacy at Work

Early Readers

Community Empowerment