NGTC Foundation Receives Literacy Grant

North Georgia Technical College receives a grant to support the school’s literacy programs.

Recently, the North Georgia Technical College Foundation announced that it received a $7,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Organization to support its literacy programs.

Specifically, the grant will provide scholarships to qualified GED students to cover the required $160 testing fee.

North Georgia Technical College Foundation Director Cynthia Brown said that the Foundation is thrilled to receive the $7,000 grant from Dollar General.

She said this grant will allow 43 students to have access to the $160 GED exam.

According to North Georgia Technical College, students with financial needs must be recommended by their instructors and must complete an application in order to be eligible to receive the scholarship.

Brown went on to say that through generous donations such as this one, the Foundation has been able to assist almost 550 students with their GED testing fees in the last four years.

She added that almost every one of these GED graduates has either gone to work, is continuing their education or both.

Established in 2000, the North Georgia Technical College Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization governed by business and community leaders from North Georgia Technical College’s eight-county service area.

The mission of the North Georgia Technical College Foundation is to create awareness of financial needs of the College and encourage donations of resources to assure quality education for its students.

School officials said the focus of the Foundation is to bridge the financial gap between resources available to students and completion of their program of study.

According to North Georgia Tech, applications for need-based scholarships have more than doubled during the past year because of the high unemployment rate, reduction in other aid, and cost increases for tuition, fees and books.

Meanwhile, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $81 million in grants to nonprofit organizations since 1993, helping more than 4.7 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.