Adult Learning Center Uses Grants to Expand GED, Online Offerings
May 21, 2014 - The Adult Learning Center in Jenkins County has received $5,000 in grant money over the past year and in the coming months, not only will the center be using that money to upgrade its teaching tools, it will seek out new sources of funding to guarantee the center continues improving for years to come.
The center, a division of Southeastern Technical College, has been the beneficiary of Planters Electric Membership Company’s Operation Round Up program for the past four years.
Operation Round Up rounds up the electric bills of participating Planters EMC members to the nearest dollar, depositing the extra change into a pool that is dispensed in grants to “a variety of worthwhile community, youth, educational and environmental programs,” according to the Planters EMC web site.
Prior to 2013, the grant money the center received was specifically allotted to aid adult education students’ payment for the GED test. But last year, the money was made available for the purchase of educational computer programs to enrich the online GED program, injecting money into the education process before the test as well as the test itself.
“I believe we have to keep up with the latest technology and offer our students online as well as traditional ways to study,” said Elaine Williams, an adult education instructor at the center. “Students will have the computer skills necessary not only to pass the GED exam, but also to compete in the workforce or to enroll in post-secondary education.”
Using the grant money, the center recently purchased a program called ITTS, or Instruction Targeted for TABE (Tests of Adult Basic Education) Success, to track students’ progress through curriculum and offer tailored approaches to adult education. The center’s next addition will be Reading Horizons Elevate, an online program designed for lower-reading-level or ESL students.
Soon, the Adult Learning Center will apply for this year’s Operation Round Up grant, to make sure the center keeps up with the demands of its students well into the future.
“On behalf of the adult education students and staff in Jenkins County, I would like to thank Planters EMC for their past support,” said Cross. “This lets our students know they have the support of their community behind them as they move forward, completing their educational goals.”
For more information on adult education, visit www.southeasterntech.edu or call 912-538-3100 or 478-289-2200.