Central Georgia Tech lands adult literacy grant

jmink@macon.comJune 13, 2014 

In the Bibb County area, more than 19,000 adults cannot read. Now, Central Georgia Technical College officials are hoping a grant will help reduce that number.

The college recently snagged a $10,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation that will be used to support adult literacy programs.

The grant is “absolutely critical,” said Brenda Brown, vice president of adult education for the college.

The money will be used to bring in a new program called Reading Makes Sense, which will help teach adults how to read.

The program is set to begin after the July Fourth holiday.

The goal is to enroll as many students as possible into other adult education programs, which will help them earn their GED -- and even some college credits. But, students first must learn basic reading and math skills, Brown said.

“That’s the focus of this grant, to help with that program,” she said.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation helps programs, such as Central Georgia Technical College’s adult education classes, which seek to improve adult literacy. The foundation has awarded more than $92 million in grants since 1993, according to a news release.

“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,” Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO, said in the statement.

The grant is essential, Brown said. Central Georgia Tech’s adult literacy program gets some federal funds and very limited state funding. And while more than 19,000 area adults are illiterate, the college only served more than 1,500 adults in Bibb County this past academic year, Brown said.

“We are barely scratching the surface,” she said.

To contact writer Jenna Mink, call 744-4331.

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