IRSC receives grant to support Adult Literacy

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Adult Education Graduation Ceremony photographed on Krista Hussey of Okeechobee graduated from the IRSC Adult Education program in April 2019. Register now to earn your GED with IRSC.

Indian River State College (IRSC) was awarded a $6,000 grant by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to support the “Second Chance GED Exam Project.” This local grant award is part of more than $8.6 million in grants awarded to more than 950 schools, nonprofits, and organizations across the communities that Dollar General serves. This is the third year the IRSC program has been recognized with a Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.

Through the Second Chance GED Exam Project, IRSC students who successfully complete Adult Education requirements and document a financial hardship, are eligible to receive vouchers to pay for three of the four sections of the GED exam. The College expects over 60 students to benefit from the grant and pass the GED exam, thus achieving high school equivalent credentials.

“We are so delighted to again receive this support from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, to assist students in paying for up to 75 percent of the actual cost of the GED Exam,” shares Donna Sizemore, Adult Secondary Education Department Chair. “These funds have the potential to make significant impact in advancing our students’ lives, opening doors for future education and job opportunities, and for improving their personal lives overall.”

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 $182 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 11 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

“During these extraordinary times, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation remains steadfast in its commitment to support communities’ literacy and educational advancements through funds that will impact thousands of students across the country,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO and Dollar General Literacy Foundation board member. “We are proud to support the meaningful and impactful work that each of today’s recipients conduct and support their ongoing efforts to help individuals improve their lives through literacy and education.”

For more information on IRSC Adult Education and GED programs, visit aecp.irsc.edu/gedreg-prep or call 772-462-740

About Indian River State College

A leader in education and innovation, Indian River State College (IRSC) transforms lives by offering high quality, affordable and accessible education to the residents of Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties through traditional and online delivery. IRSC is recipient of the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. The College serves nearly 30,000 students annually and offers more than 100 programs leading to Bachelor’s degrees, Associate degrees, technical certificates and applied technology diplomas.

Indian River State College is committed to maintaining a work and educational environment that embraces diversity and where no member of the college community is excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subject to discrimination in any college program or activity based on: their race, ethnicity, national origin, color, religion, age, disability, sex, pregnancy status, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or veteran status. This commitment applies to employees, volunteers, students, and to the extent possible, to third parties, applicants for admission, applicants for employment, and the general public.

For more information, visit the IRSC website at www.irsc.edu.

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 $182 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 11 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 80 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 16,368 stores in 45 states as of February 28, 2020. In addition to high-quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com.

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