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SRTC receives $10K grant from Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Updated: Jun. 1, 2021 at 12:51 PM EDT
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THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WALB) - Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to support adult literacy.

The grant is part of the foundation’s recent award of a $10.5 million donation to support summer, family and adult literacy programs. It is the organization’s largest one-day grant donation in its 28-year history.

“I am truly at a loss of words at how much this grant will impact the literacy rates of our communities,” said Southern Regional Technical College’s Director of Adult Education Andy Semones. “This grant will provide funding for high school equivalency testing scholarships and integrated education training programs. These students will be given an opportunity to completely change their future. We are honored to partner with Dollar General to not only enrich the lives of our students but positively impact the literacy rates of our communities.”

The Adult Education Program at SRTC was designed to meet the needs of individuals who require assistance with basic academic skills. Flexible programs with non-traditional classroom hours include instruction in basic skills, GED and HiSET preparation and testing, and English language acquisition.

The services are free and available at various locations in Colquitt, Decatur, Early, Grady, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole, Thomas, Tift, Turner and Worth counties.

“For nearly 30 years, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has been proud to invest in literacy and education programs in our hometown communities,” said Denine Torr, executive director of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. “The recent and significant shifts in the educational landscape have made the Foundation’s mission more critically important. As we work to create access to high-quality instruction for all individuals, we share our gratitude for the educators who are working to uplift and empower others. We hope these funds will have a meaningful impact on students and teachers across the country and look forward to seeing the positive impact they have on learners.”

The foundation supports organizations that “increase access to educational programming, stimulate, and enable innovation in the delivery of educational instruction and inspire a love of reading.”

Each year, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards funds to nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries within a 15-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center to support adult, family, summer, and youth literacy programs. The foundation also offers a student referral program for individuals interested in learning how to read, speak English or prepare for the high school equivalency exam.

You can find a local organization that provides free literacy services here or through referral cards found in the Learn to Read brochures that are available at the cash register of every Dollar General store.

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