Grant to help further the cause of literacy and basic education


GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. – Reinforcing its commitment to help people gain basic literacy skills, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation announced that it has awarded Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) $5,000. GNTC will use the funds to further their literacy and basic education outreach efforts.

“At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of serving others throughout the communities we serve,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “It’s exciting to see the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s outreach in action as we partner with organizations like Georgia Northwestern to further education and literacy and make a real difference in people’s lives.”

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013, 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 $81 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.7 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

Kerri Hosmer, GNTC Adult Education Program administrative assistant wrote and applied for the grant on behalf of the college. “The Dollar General grant funds will be used to purchase PLATO licenses that will enable our students to access this instructional software in the classroom, at home, at the library, or at any location that has internet access,” stated Hosmer. “The online component will help to expand the computer literacy skills needed for the shift to computer-based GED® testing.”

A complete list of grant recipients may be found online at

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for nearly 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, house wares, and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With more than 10,000 stores in 40 states, Dollar General has more retail locations than any retailer in America. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo, and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit

About GNTC’s Adult Education Program
The Adult Education Program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College served 3,154 students and graduated 825 students with a GED® Diploma in Fiscal Year 2012. The Adult Education Program offers instruction in Adult Learning Centers throughout its service area. Instructional areas include preparation for the GED® test, adult secondary education, adult basic education, and English as a second language. Centers have modern computer labs, study materials and resources, and professional adult education staff for both day and evening programs. Classes operate year round on the Georgia Northwestern Technical College calendar for fall, spring, and summer semesters. Adults at least 18 years of age who have not graduated from high school in the United States or Canada or previously earned a GED® credential are eligible to enroll in classes at no charge.* For more information about GNTC’s Adult Education Program, visit