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Adult Literacy at Butler County Community College

Listing Last Update: December 10, 2019


107 College Drive
Butler, PA 16002

Primary Contact

Barbara Gade

(724) 287-8711 Ext:8350

Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To study for my high school equivalency exam
  • To learn English
  • To improve my math skills
  • To improve my technology skills

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Computer
  • TV

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Program Overview

The Adult Literacy Program at Butler County Community College ensures the adults at all educational levels in the communities we serve have access to instruction in reading, writing, math, financial literacy and computer literacy skills. We also offer instruction in GED Preparation and Career Exploration to prepare learners with skills that will help them successfully transition into the workplace or post-secondary education.

Instruction is offered at the Butler and Cranberry campuses. Additionally there are classes in the city of Butler, Butler CareerLink and Deshon Place at the Butler VA Medical Center.

Beginning in July of 2018 Adult Literacy at Butler County Community College expanded to cover 3 counties with our sub-grantees Adult Literacy Lawrence County serving those in Lawrence County and Grove City Education Center for Adults serving those in Mercer County.

Mission Statement

Our vision for the future is to continue to provide fundamental skills in math reading, writing , ESL, GED preparation and computer literacy, while expanding our classes that prepare students for the workforce and post-secondary education. We will work with local in-demand industries to provide students the skills they will need to successfully obtain and maintain a career. We will also work with our county prison to assist in a successful reentry program. All the while we will celebrate our student's successes.

Hours of operation: 8 am to 4 pm Evening classes avaliable.

Cost info: State and Federally Funded Program - Classes are free to the public.

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

Richard graduated from our GED program last year with Honors in Reading and Social Studies. Richard left school because he had little support at home. He hopes to model the power of education to his young daughter as he continued in classes this Fall at BC3. Richard hopes to become a network administrator.

Ta, a native of Thailand, came to Adult Literacy anxious to improve her English and math skills while learning the ropes of attending college in America. Ta worked diligently in our math and reading classes before beginning at the credit side of the college. A self proclaimed ambassador for our program, Ta proudly tells others that the Adult Literacy program is the place to start.

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

1. Who we served in the 2017-2018 Program Year
· 304 people have come through the program, 240 have 12 hours or more in classes or tutoring.
· The ages range from 17 to 77.

What's the Age Breakdown?
Age Range 16 to 77
¨ 17-19 67 students 21%
¨ 20-35 140 students 46%
¨ 36-55 78 students 26%
¨ 56-69 15 students 5%
¨ 70 & up 6 students 2%
What About Gender
¨ Females 51%
- Males 49%

2. What was our student's ethnicity?

· 23 Hispanic (Any Race)
· 8 Asian (not Hispanic)
· 30 African American (not Hispanic)
· 6 American Indian/Alaskan (not Hispanic)
· 1 Native Hawaiian (not Hispanic) - 230 White (not Hispanic)
- 6 Multi Racial (not Hispanic)

3. What were the results.

126 People showed measurable skill gains, and of those 91 advanced an Educational Functioning Level! AND 49 People Got Their GED!

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