Volunteer Instructors Teaching Adults
A Nonprofit Adult Literacy and Education Center
The mission of VITA is to provide adult learners with literacy and other academic skills necessary to successfully pursue educational, vocational, and personal goals.
What We Do
Reading and math instruction
HiSET preparation and basic education for adults, offered completely free of charge
ESL Instruction in English vocabulary, grammar, and conversation
One-to-one tutoring that provides personalized attention and support
Morning class schedule
Computer learning programs
Year-round, open enrollment
VITA has served St. Landry Parish for many years, providing free, confidential education to adults who want to improve their reading skills. VITA also helps adult learners work toward attaining their HiSET (high school equivalency test). The test has five parts; reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, and science. We provide classes, computer instruction, and career building skills. We also offer an eLearn program for people looking to study on their own schedule.
Our Opelousas program has classes that meet in the morning and the afternoon, as well as night classes on Mondays and Tuesdays. When you join our program, we begin by placing you in the right classes to fit your needs. We then try to match you with a volunteer tutor, who will work with you one-to-one for a few hours a week.
To enroll in the Opelousas program, you must be at least 18 years old and not enrolled in high school. Our services are available free of charge, but there are certain requirements. Students are required to attend the program for at least six hours a week, though we encourage you to attend more often if you can. Students are also expected to conduct themselves in a professional, respectful manner. Finally, we ask that you bring a desire to learn and improve your skills.
How Do I Become a Student?
To join our Opelousas program, call us at 337-942-1511 to make an appointment. When you come in for your appointment, you will fill out some paperwork and take an assessment. Based on your assessment, we assign you to the appropriate classes.
Students are given an assessment after completing 40 hours of class or tutoring instruction. This assessment is not for a grade-- we just want to see how much progress you have made while attending the program.