School of Lifelong Learning receives $10,000 grant from Dollar General Literacy Foundation

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded the Jackson State University School of Lifelong Learning Continuing Education Learning Center a $10,000 grant to support adult and family literacy.

Dr. Millard Bingham

Dr. Millard Bingham

“We are pleased to again partner with the Dollar General Literacy Foundation,” said Dr. Millard Bingham, interim director of the School of Lifelong Learning.“ Dollar General has been very supportive of our adult education programs for many years. These much needed funds will be utilized to assist with instructional costs in our adult basic education programs.”

Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO said the company is passionate about its mission to serve people in the communities where it does business.

“It’s exciting to see the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s outreach in action as we partner with organizations to further education and literacy and make a real difference in people’s lives,” Dreiling said.

The primary goal of the Continuing Education Learning Center (CELC) is to make a significant impact on the literacy level of the greater-Jackson area workforce and thereby make a positive impact on the local, state and national economy.  The CELC is an innovative program for the delivery of tutorial/basic skills training; intermediate reading; GED preparation, occupational skills; financial management; parenting skills and English as a Second Language training to under-educated/underemployed adults, 17 years of age and older.

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 $92 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than five million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

About JSU’s Continuing Education Learning Center
The Learning Center provides self-paced, individualized, computer-based instruction on an on-going basis. The CELC along with the School of Lifelong Learning’s academic and non-academic credit units act in concert to provide substantive educational development to adult learners in the Jackson Metro Area.  Program Offerings include, Pre-GED Classes, GED Preparation (Math, Social Studies, Science, Reading/Writing), English as a Second Language ,   Basic Skills Training,  Employment Skills Training/Parenting, and ACT Prep. For more information, please call 601-979-2636 or visit www.jsums.edu/lifelearning.

For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, visit www.dgliteracy.org.

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