ALBANY, GA (WALB) - One fifth of all Dougherty County adults lack the ability to pass a basic literacy test.
The United Way of Southwest Georgia wants to change that, so they've pulled together four organizations to create a literacy initiative. The pilot program started Saturday.
Twelve adults have enrolled to receive five hours of weekly instruction designed to improve their literacy and earn them a GED. United Way President and CEO Dwayne Myles hopes the initiative will have a profound impact on the quality of life in Albany.
"Education is a way to get employment, to provide for your family so, this is a good thing for our community, a good thing for the citizens," said Dwayne Myles, United Way President and CEO.
MillerCoors Albany Brewing donated $20,000 for the pilot program and Thursday gave the United Way another check for $20,000 to continue. MillerCoors said they expect retirements over the next several years and need a viable workforce to continue operations.
Enrollment for the program is being handled by Goodwill Industries and Albany Technical College is providing the program's educational support.