ALBANY, GA – The Albany Tech Foundation was recently awarded a grant by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation in the amount of $14,640, to support adult literacy. This local grant award is part of more than $7.5 million in grants awarded to nearly 900 schools, non-profits and organizations across the 44 states that Dollar General serves.

“On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students of the Adult Education program at Albany Technical College, we are grateful and proud to be a recipient of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant for FY2018,” said Linda Coston, Vice President for Adult Education at Albany Technical College.

Many of the students enrolled in the GED program at Albany Tech are unable to afford the cost of the GED test, which ultimately prevents them from completion. The grant will help these students to realize their goal of achieving the high school equivalency diploma and help them to possibly, move on at Albany Tech to enroll in and earn a diploma, degree, or certification in an academic program.

“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 these communities we call home, reflects our mission of Serving Others and it’s rewarding to see the impact these funds have.”

“We are indeed appreciative of the investment in our students and the community,” added Coston.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports 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 non-profit organizations, helping more than 8.6 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

The Albany Tech Foundation has received nearly $40,000 from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation in the last six years that has been earmarked for students in the Adult Education/GED program.