When Jennifer Whitlock learned about an opportunity to stretch her department’s budget, she acted immediately.
As director of Meridian Community College’s Adult Education division, Whitlock submitted an application to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s Adult Literacy Grant and received $7,500.
“We asked for laptops for our students,” Whitlock said, and 10 additional computers that will be purchased from the grant funds will help to enhance the learning opportunities for the students coming to MCC’s adult education classes so they can improve their reading, writing, language and math skills. “In August, we’ll really need these laptops,” she said.
According to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, grants are given to organizations that provide direct services to adults in need of literary assistance in adult basic education, GED or high school equivalency preparation or English language acquisition. MCC’s Adult Education program fits the bill by offering free adult education and high school equivalency classes as well as English as a second language and literacy classes.
The foundation has awarded more than $168 million in grants to literacy organizations that have helped more than 10 million individuals learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency, or learn English.
MCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner noted the College is grateful for the Dollar General Literacy Foundation support. “These dollars will have a significant and important impact in our community and will make a true difference in the future of many families,” he said. Whitlock echoing the appreciation of the grant, adding, “Dollar General does a lot for the community.”