Northwest Adult Education receives Dollar General Grant

The Northwest Mississippi Community College Adult Education (AE) program was recently awarded a $7,500 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to support adult education/high school equivalency literacy.  The AE program offers high school equivalency classes to help students obtain their high school diploma and transition into college classes or advance in their current work placement with improved employability skills.

“Thank you to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation!  This generous grant will help so many adult learners.  We are grateful to Dollar General for the continuous support of our program,” said Betty Cossar, AE transition coordinator.

The local grant award is part of more than $8.3 million in grants awarded to more than 1,000 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the states that Dollar General serves.

“In keeping with Dollar General’s mission of ‘Serving Others,’ we are excited to provide grants to support literacy and education initiatives in the communities we proudly call home,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO and Dollar General Literacy Foundation board member. “Each year, funds provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation make a real difference by providing the tools that students, adults and families need to pursue new opportunities and accomplish their goals. We believe these programs empower the communities we serve, and we are honored to play a role in their success.”
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 $154 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

For more information on Northwest’s Adult Education program or to sign up for AE orientation, contact Cossar at bcossar@northwestms.eduor visit the college’s website at


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