Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards JSU’s Continuing Education Learning Center $8,000 to support adult literacy

(JACKSON, Miss.) — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded JSU’s Continuing Education Learning Center (CELC) an $8,000 grant to support adult literacy.

The local grant is part of more than $8.6 million in grants awarded to more than 950 schools, nonprofits and organizations throughout the communities that Dollar General serves.

Marquita Shelby, lead instructor at the CELC, said, “A primary goal of the Continuing Education Learning Center, Adult Basic Education (ABE) program is to increase the literacy level of learners and the attainment of the general equivalency diploma, which are critical to improving their economic viability.  As lead instructor in the ABE program I am especially appreciative to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation for their valued support of the important work of the JSU CELC.”

“Do what is best,” said Dr. Carlos Wilson, interim director of the School of Lifelong Learning. “When given the opportunity to help a person or a community or an organization achieve a goal do what you can to make it happen. That is what Dollar General Literacy Foundation has done for Jackson State University and our Continuing Education Learning Center, and that is our goal for the students and the community we serve in the Jackson metro area.”

The adult education classes at the Continuing Education Learning Center provide adults the opportunity to earn high school credentiasl. CELC measures career and college-readiness skills, which are the focus of today’s curriculum and needed for success in both the workforce and college programs.

Learners recruited for the proposed program will be undereducated/unemployed/underemployed residents in the service delivery areas of Hinds, Madison and Rankin counties who are seeking to enhance their abilities by obtaining their High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED).  

Students will receive at least 150 hours in a traditional classroom and computer-assisted instruction focused on high school equivalency skills and career-readiness training. The primary measurable outcome/result of the program is to achieve a high school equivalency diploma or a minimum of 1.5 grade-level improvement in reading.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the foundation has awarded more than $182 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 11 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.