Mission and History

We bridge gaps.


About Us

The Literacy Council of Montgomery County (LCMC) sustains and grows the social and economic equity of adults in our region through education and workforce training.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to enable adults to transform their lives and enrich our community through English literacy.

Vision Statement

At LCMC, we teach adults to read, write, and speak English in a vibrant multicultural community where English proficiency is a tool for success.

We equip adult learners with skills for life!  Our students improve their employment opportunities, become better citizens, acquire consumer skills, and increase their involvement in their children’s education.


The Literacy Council of Montgomery County, Maryland, Inc. is a private, 501(c)(3) organization founded by Beth Kilgore in 1963. We were originally founded solely as a volunteer-led tutoring program for native English speakers learning to read and write as adults, but as our community grew and expanded, so did the need to diversify our services. From that came the programs that offer instruction English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL), GED exam preparation, workforce readiness, computer skills, and more that we provide today. 

We are affiliated with ProLiteracy, the largest volunteer adult literacy organization in the United States.