The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded a $6,200 grant to support Wilkes Community College’s Ashe Family Literacy (AFL) program.
“This funding is vital for continuing our full range of services to adults in Ashe County trying to complete their secondary education and improve their prospects for employment,” said Debbie Woodard, dean of WCC College Readiness/Basic Skills. “Through Dollar General’s generous grant, we’ll be able to help with childcare and transportation costs and remove those barriers so people can move on to better lives.”
“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 to further education and literacy and make a real difference in people’s lives.”
AFL, a program of WCC Basic Skills, is a comprehensive family literacy program that integrates adult education, early childhood education, parent/child interaction and parenting instruction. The mission of AFL is to provide both parents and preschool children family-focused educational and enrichment opportunities leading to academic success and economic independence.
WCC Basic Skills provides basic and secondary education to adults in 25 classrooms across Ashe, Wilkes and Alleghany counties, including a family literacy class in each county.
All class locations offer face-to-face and technology-based instruction in adult basic education and literacy, adult secondary education and English as a Second Language along with career readiness and transitioning programs; instruction via Internet is also available.
AFL is located at Ashe Family Central in Jefferson, and operates Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. from August through June.
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 $92 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than five million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.
WCC, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties and beyond. Established in 1965, WCC continues to build on a strong history of meeting the educational needs and cultural interests of our students, community and workforce. WCC prepares learners for success in a dynamic world.