Jessamine County Adult Education receives $3,600 grant

Published 6:11 pm Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Earlier this week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Jessamine County Schools/Jessamine County Adult Education a $3,600 grant to support adult literacy. This local grant award is part of more than $7.5 million in grants awarded to nearly 900 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 44 states that Dollar General serves.

Jessamine County Adult Education has been providing free GED preparation classes for the community since 1989. To date, more than 2,500 adults in Jessamine County have earned a GED diploma. Jessamine County Adult Education will use the funds to provide scholarships for the GED exam test. The fee for the exam is $120 for a full test, $30 for each of the four required sections. 

“For many of our students, the cost to take the test is a real hardship. We’re so pleased to have received this support from Dollar General Literacy Foundation so that no one will be prevented from taking the GED test due to an inability to pay,“ said Jessamine County Schools’ Director of Adult Education Mary Newton.

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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 $135 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 8.6 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

“Dollar General is excited to provide these organizations with funding to support literacy and education throughout the 44 states we serve,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “Providing these grants and supporting the communities we call home reflects our mission of Serving Others and it’s rewarding to see the impact these funds have.”