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Education Improves Lives

The Dominican Learning Center (DLC) in Columbus, OH,  serves adult learners seeking to improve their basic academic skills, pass the GED examinations or learn English as a Second Language (ESL). Our learners seek to improve their lives, move ahead in their jobs, become more active in their communities, or attain American citizenship.

With the help of the Dominican Learning Center staff and our dedicated volunteer tutors, our learners are able to gain new skills and reach their goals.



Did You Know….
  • More than 90,000 adults in Columbus are functionally illiterate with a reading ability between a fourth and eighth-grade level?
  • Almost 100,000 adults in Franklin County lack a high school diploma or the equivalent?
  • Franklin County is home to 25% of all Ohio immigrants many of whom do not speak or read English?


One-to-one OR Small Group Learning Means More Success

Individual and small-group instruction enables tutors to address individual learning needs. We provide the instruction that builds success.

The Dominican Learning Center also runs satellite ESL classes at local Catholic parishes around the Columbus Diocese, including:

St. Peter Church
St. James the Less
St. Thomas the Apostle
St. Mary Magdalene
Bishop Ready  
St. Cecilia
Christ the King
St. Matthias

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Our Mission, Our Vision, Our Values

Our Mission
The Dominican Learning Center improves the lives of adult learners through education.

Our Vision
The Dominican Learning Center envisions a Central Ohio community where every person has the opportunity to experience a satisfying, fulfilling, and peaceful life because he or she is able to read, write, understand, and converse in English, and has proficient computation and technology skills.

Our Values
The Dominican Learning Center is committed to respecting the dignity, unique talents, and individuality of every learner served. The DLC provides excellent, innovative instruction in a welcoming and peaceful environment in order to inspire, motivate and build self-confidence.

We began with one student and six Sisters…

The Dominican Learning Center (DLC) began in 1994 with one student and six Sisters. The first Director, Sr. Marie Granger, OP, recognized the Sisters were meeting a need in the community that required creativity, a commitment to excellence, capable volunteers, a superb instructional program, and lots of hard work and money.

Two years later, Louise Hackett, a housekeeper at Columbus’ Nationwide Children’s Hospital, received the first GED certificate. More students came, more volunteers signed on and the Dominican Sisters provided the leadership and passion needed to help their students succeed.

In 2019, the Sisters and staff of the Dominican Learning Center celebrated our 25th anniversary. As our programs have evolved and student grade levels have improved, we believe that education continues to hold the key to success, to quality of life and to the empowerment of people.

Are you looking for a way to make a difference?

Become a Tutor!

We need ESL, GED Language Arts and Math tutors. Email us at denise.hilliard@oppeace.org or call 614-444-7330 x11101 to learn more or to register.