The Augusta State University Literacy Center has received over $8,000 in grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
According to Paulette Harris, director of ASU’s Literacy Center, the gifts received from these organizations will be used to target General Educational Diploma (GED) tutoring at the center.
“We are very pleased to have received the financial support from these organizations, and we are eager to begin our expanded GED training,” said Harris.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s gift of $6,000 will fund instructional computer software from Steck-Vaughn, the leading provider for adult education and workforce solutions, according to Harris.
The grant also will support “A new beginning for GED students,” a one-on-one training program for individuals interested in obtaining a GED.
In addition to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant, the ASU Literacy Center also received a $2,500 gift from the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Harris says this funding will support the center’s specialized GED tutoring for environmental and health sciences.
Although both of these grants will be used for GED tutoring, Harris says the Phi Kappa Phi grant will provide literacy clients with tutoring sessions that focus more on the environmental and health sciences. Student volunteers from Georgia Health Sciences University will serve as tutors, she says.
Harris says the Phi Kappa Phi grant has already allowed them to update the center’s computer software, and they will now have the chance to add an electronic kiosk, which will be used in the Literacy Center’s lending library for checking out books, CDs, and DVDs. The kiosk also will be used to promote upcoming events and literacy services.
“We take pride in doing our best to meet the needs of the community, and we are pleased to know we can offer more tutoring opportunities for GED prep students,” said Harris.
ASU’s Literacy Center provides free year-round individual tutoring to children, adolescents, and adults throughout the area. Free tutoring is provided by retired teachers, trained volunteers, and students from ASU and Georgia Health Sciences University.