SUNY ORANGE RECEIVES $15,000 LITERACY GRANT FROM DOLLAR GENERAL

6/12/2012

Funds Will Help Continuing and Professional Education Staff Improve GED Programming

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- SUNY Orange has received a $15,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation that will be used to enhance its non-credit General Equivalency Degree (GED) programming so that the College may better meet the educational needs of adult students pursuing their GED.

Through its Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE) division, SUNY Orange offers a number of classes for adults in basic education, along with a variety of high school equivalency classes, throughout Orange County. Funds from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant will allow the College to hire a part-time adult education literacy specialist who will be tasked with assessing CAPE programming and following the progress of GED students at all sites within the program. This initiative is expected to result in better tracking of student progress and make the transition from GED courses to college classes smoother.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants to organizations in communities served by Dollar General. The literacy grants support nonprofit organizations that provide literacy services such as adult basic education, GED preparation, English language acquisition or programs for youth who struggle with reading. For more information on the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and a complete list of grant recipients, visit www.dgliteracy.org.

Since 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $71.2 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.1 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency.

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