"This initiative will play a key role in helping our city lead the nation in using technology to achieve greater adult workforce development. We know that these efforts will contribute to a better-educated workforce and stronger local economy, and will support our vision to make Philadelphia one of the more literate cities in the country."

Mayor Michael A. Nutter, City of Philadelphia

The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy has worked to equip all adults in Philadelphia with the education they need for work, family, and civic engagement since 1983.

Mayor Michael A. Nutter charged The Commission to work on behalf of over 80 literacy and workforce development programs to help the estimated 550,000 adults in the city functioning below basic adult education levels to qualify for family-sustaining jobs and post-secondary training and education.

In 2014, the Commission launched myPLACE?, which stands for Philadelphia Literacy and Adult Career Education. myPLACE? is a citywide, technology-based system that accelerates adult learning and educates our workforce for 21st-century jobs on a large scale.

The Commission also created myPLACE? Online, the nation’s first completely online, cohort-based classes in reading, writing and math for low-literate adults. These online offerings have increased the city’s publicly-funded adult classes by 43% at half the cost of face-to-face instruction.