The Grove City Education Center for Adults has offered GED instruction and other adult literacy services for close to 30 years. Originally called Grove City Literacy Council, the nonprofit agency was founded in 1990 by now retired physics professor Dick Leo and several other residents. The group began offering services in local churches before moving to a second-floor location on Broad Street, a site on Pine Street, and eventually to its current home at 118 S. Center Street.
In 2011, the GCECA entered into a sub-contractor partnership with the Adult Literacy Program at Butler County Community College. In 2018 when GCECA's state and federal funding increased, the agency began offering GED instruction in Sharon, Hermitage, Greenville, Farrell, and at the Mercer County Jail.
In 2018, Lifelong Learning Choices in Lawrence County also began partnerning with BC3, resulting in a consortium between the three agencies. Although each program maintains its own curriculum and instructional model, the agencies collaborate on professional development and tutor recruitment and training.