Funding will Support Creation of Introductory Non-Credit English as a Second Langue (ESL) curriculum

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange has received a $10,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to expand ESL (English as a Second Language) programming offered through the College’s Continuing and Professional Education department.

The grant will allow the College to offer ESL Level I courses at its Middletown and Newburgh campuses beginning this Fall. Classes will include 22 sessions and will meet two nights per week beginning Aug. 31. Level I instruction is comprised of grammar, reading, writing and oral communications (listening/speaking) components, and serves as a gateway course to the higher-level classes. Prior to this grant, SUNY Orange was providing ESL courses at Levels II to V.

Annually, SUNY Orange educates approximately 1,000 students throughout its ESL curriculum. The non-credit ESL program serves the needs of the general learner and those preparing for college study.

This current grant marks the second time SUNY Orange has received support from Dollar General to promote adult literacy and education. In 2012, the College implemented a $15,000 grant to expand its non-credit GED (General Equivalency Degree) programming, which is now called the High School Equivalency (HSE).

“It is exciting to see the impact grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation make throughout the country, especially as we cross the $100 million threshold in overall donations and the difference it has made to nearly six million people,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “The Dollar General Literacy Foundation truly embodies the company’s mission of Serving Others throughout the communities we serve.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $100 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping nearly six million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

For more information on SUNY Orange’s entire ESL program, contact Debra Horowitz, ESL coordinator, at (845) 341-9593 or visit

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940