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School of Lifelong Learning Receives Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant to Support Adult Literacy

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On May 21, 2018, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Jackson State University School of Lifelong Learning a $9,000 grant to support adult literacy.  This local grant award is part of more than $8.3 million in grants awarded to more than 1,000 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 44 states that Dollar General serves.

“We are extremely happy to be one of the recipients of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant this year.  Their support is vital to our mission to improve upon the literacy, education, and life quality of members our community.”

-Dr. Carlos Wilson, Interim Director, School of Lifelong Learning-

The adult education classes will provide adults the opportunity to earn a high school credential. It will also measure career and college readiness skills, which are the focus of today’s curriculum, as well as needed for success in both workforce and college programs. The learners recruited for the proposed program will be

undereducated/unemployed/underemployed residents in the service delivery area Hinds, Madison, and Rankin counties who are seeking to enhance their abilities through obtaining their HSED.

“We are honored to fund literacy and education initiatives, which support our mission of Serving Others,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO.  “The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018 and a legacy of helping people improve their lives through literacy and education. Including this grant, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has provided more than $154 million in funding to help more than 10 million people. We believe these programs can have a positive impact on the communities we serve and we look forward to continuing to partner with organizations dedicated to making a difference in the lives of millions of Americans.”

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 $154 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

About Jackson State University School of Lifelong Learning

The School of Lifelong Learning is a unit within the Jackson State University College of Education and Human Development.  The School is equipped to meet the needs of the present day workforce, nontraditional, and other adult learners across the state, region and nation.  The School is designed for adult learners who wish to begin, continue, complete, or enhance his or her development on a part-time or full-time basis. Additionally, the School serves as a training center for state, local, public, and private agencies, as well as an undergraduate student classroom and research facility.  The mission of the Continuing Education Learning Center (CELC) is to offer adult students quality learning opportunities throughout their lifetime. The primary goal of the School of Lifelong Learning’s CELC at Jackson State University is to make a significant impact on the literacy level of the greater-Jackson area’s workforce and thereby make a positive impact on the local, state and national economy.

About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $154 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, visit www.dgliteracy.org.

About Dollar General Corporation

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for more than 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at everyday low prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 14,609 stores in 44 states as of March 2, 2018. In addition to high-quality, private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted brands such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo.