Planters EMC Program Provides STC Grant for GED Scholarships
August 19, 2013 - Those seeking a GED in Jenkins County will, for the fourth year in a row, find the path to the exam made easier by members of their own community, thanks to Southeastern Technical College and the Planters EMC Operation Round Up program.
Operation Round Up rounds the electric bills of participating Planters EMC members up 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.
After writing the grant proposal, Susan Cross, executive director of adult education for STC, and Elaine Williams, an STC adult education instructor, applied for the grant on July 12. Two weeks later, they found they had been approved for the fourth consecutive year.
“The grant money is used entirely for GED scholarships in Jenkins County,” said Williams. “Our county has had the highest unemployment in the state or been second or third in the state for three or four years in a row, so many of our students are unemployed and need help paying for the exam.”
In 2012, the grant helped over 100 adult education students pay for their GED test. STC officials expect similar results this year.
“On behalf of the adult education students and staff in Jenkins County, I would like to thank Planters EMC for their support,” said Cross. “This lets out students know they have the support of their community behind them as they move forward, completing their educational goals.”
For more info on applying for a GED scholarship, visit www.southeasterntech.edu or call 912-538-3100 or 478-289-2200.