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Community college receives $10K Dollar General grant

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SMITHFIELD— The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded Johnston Community College a $10,000 grant to support adult literacy.

This local grant award is part of more than $8.3 million in grants awarded to roughly 1,000 nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools across the 44 states with Dollar General retail stores.

The $10,000 award will support the Career Ready: Stackable Credentials for Employment project, which aims to serve 55 basic skills students through a three-tiered model of learning: contextualized, career infused English language acquisition instruction; workforce preparation activities; and workforce/occupational training.

Students will participate in integrated education and training through the college’s 300 Ed2Go online courses allowing students to individualize their occupational pathways while exposing them to the pace and complexity of text and learning resources routinely encountered in postsecondary programs.

The career fields of focus are based on the region’s needs as determined by the Capital Area Workforce Development Board for the development of sustainable career pathways aligning with labor market demands and include the areas of information technology, health care and skills trades.

The Career Ready program is structured to provide contextualized ELA and adult basic education, workforce preparation and workforce training in a concurrent instructional environment. Students are enrolled in their chosen online Ed2Go courses while they are attending ELA classes. Contextualized instruction also includes site visits and guest speakers to connect with persons representing a variety of career fields and opportunities.

“In keeping with Dollar General’s mission of serving others, we are excited to provide grants to support literacy and education initiatives in the communities we proudly call home,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO and Dollar General Literacy Foundation board member. “Each year, funds provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation make a real difference by providing the tools that students, adults and families need to pursue new opportunities and accomplish their goals. We believe these programs empower the communities we serve, and we are honored to play a role in their success.”

Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $168 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.