DMACC will use funds for HSED scholarships and Adult
Literacy Center staffing
The Adult Literacy Center (ALC) at DMACC provides adults with a pathway to improving their reading, writing and speaking skills, and by extension, improving their lives.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded DMACC, the largest undergraduate college in Iowa, with a
$5,500 grant to support the College’s adult literacy and education efforts.
This local grant is part of more than $8.6 million in grants awarded to more
than 950 schools, nonprofits and organizations throughout the communities
Dollar General serves.
DMACC will utilize the grant dollars to provide scholarships
to students in its High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) Program and to fund
staff time in support of the Adult
Literacy Center (ALC) at the DMACC Urban Campus.
“On behalf of everyone at DMACC, I’d like to thank Dollar
General for this wonderful grant in support of literacy and education,
especially among adults in our community,” said Dr. Anne Howsare Boyens,
Provost at the DMACC Urban Campus. “The National Institute for Literacy reports
that 43 percent of adults at the lowest literacy levels live in poverty, while
70 percent of adult welfare recipients have low literacy levels.
“Our goal is to provide these adults with a pathway to
improve their lives and to reach their own goals, which often include
completing a high school education, enrolling in training or community college,
reading to their children, finding a job or a better job, and becoming more
independent. It is incredibly rewarding to see these adults succeed and
achieve, and our community is strengthened with them.”
The Adult Literacy Center (ALC) at DMACC is available to any
Des Moines-area adult who needs to improve their reading, writing and speaking
skills, including new Iowans who can speak English but need to learn to read
and write the language, and adults with low literacy skills in conjunction with
dyslexia and/or learning disabilities.
The High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) Program at DMACC
provides adults with an option for completing their high school diploma. The
program requires students to earn 36 credits, and previously earned high school
credits can be transferred in and applied toward that requirement. Students in
the HSED Program work in individualized, self-paced, DMACC learning center
environments, with DMACC instructors available for proctoring and assistance.
“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.”
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.
For more information, contact: Dr. Anne Howsare Boyens firstname.lastname@example.org