BCTC at Operation Read
Our mission here at BCTC at Operation Read is to provide English as a Second Language classes for non-native English speakers. Our students come to us from all over the world – Congo, Bhutan, Nepal, Spain, Afghanistan, Brazil, Ukraine, Mexico, Syria, Iran, Iraq, etc., but no matter the country of origin, we greet each one as a welcome addition to our classes.
Because some of our students speak and read fluently, but others need more help, we offer small group classes with six levels (pre-literacy to low advanced) of competency, which meet several times throughout the week. Most of our classes meet during the morning hours, Monday through Thursday, and all currently meet at the Carnegie Center. In order to determine the best class for a student, testing of both listening and reading skills is required prior to registration.
If you or someone you know would like to enroll in one of our ESL classes, please come to our office in the basement of the Carnegie Center, 251 West Short Street, any Monday (except for holidays) at 1:00 p.m. for testing and registration. We do provide parking through the Carnegie Center and Transylvania University and are only a short walk from the Transit Center (bus passes are available for our students).
In Fayette County, it is estimated that 50,000 adults, one in every five, have some difficulty with basic reading and writing. Since 1979, Operation Read has provided free one-on-one tutoring, workshops, and ongoing instructional support to adults who seek to improve their basic reading and writing skills.
Operation Read trains about 150 tutors annually and serves over 1,000 adult learners.
Operation Read tutors and other volunteers contribute thousands of volunteer hours each year to create a more literate Central Kentucky. Through direct outreach and partnerships with non-profit agencies and civic organizations, Operation Read recruits learners and volunteer tutors while raising awareness of literacy issues.
Operation Read was established as an outreach of the Lexington Public Library in 1979, thereafter functioning as an independent 501(c)(3) corporation until July 2008, when it became a part of Bluegrass Community & Technical College. Operation Read continues to provide much needed Basic Literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) assistance, through free individual and small group tutoring, thereby promoting individual growth and a stronger community.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please call (859) 254-9964. There’s no better time than today. We look forward to hearing from you!