The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) an $8,000 grant to support adult literacy. This local grant is part of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s recent award of a $10.5 million gift to support summer, family and adult literacy programs, representing the largest donation in one-day grant from the organization in 29 years of history.

“We appreciate the generous contribution of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to our adult education program,” said Lisa Shaw, GNTC vice president of adult education. “This funding will allow our program to meet the need of students in our service area to acquire a high school equivalency diploma.

“Students facing financial barriers cannot complete the program because they cannot afford the GED® or HiSet tests,” Shaw explained. “This grant will help us provide scholarships to take the final tests by helping students who show academic progress move forward with their educational and career goals.”

According to GNTC’s 2021 Annual Report, GNTC’s adult education program served 1,539 students in the previous year. The Adult Education Program offers instruction at adult learning centers in the college’s nine-county service area. Areas of instruction include GED® and HiSET Test Preparation, Adult Secondary Education, Adult Basic Education, and English as a Second Language. The centers have computer labs, study materials and resources, and professional adult education staff for day, evening, and distance learning programs. Classes run year-round for the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

“For nearly 30 years, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has proudly invested in literacy and education programs in our local communities,” said Denine Torr, CEO of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. “Recent and significant changes in the educational landscape have made the Foundation’s mission more critical. As we strive to create access to high quality education for all individuals, we share our gratitude to educators who strive to uplift and empower others. We hope these funds will have a meaningful impact on students and teachers across the country and we look forward to seeing the positive impact they have on learners.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports organizations that improve access to educational programs, stimulate and enable innovation in the delivery of educational instruction, and inspire a love of reading. Each year, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards funds to nonprofit organizations, schools, and libraries within 15 miles of a Dollar General store or distribution center to support literacy programs adults, families, summer and youth. The Foundation also offers a student referral program for those interested in learning to read, speak English, or preparing for the high school equivalency exam. Referrals to a local organization that provides free literacy services are available online at or via referral cards found in the Learn to Read brochures that are available at the checkout of each Dollar General store.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $216 million in grants, helping more than 15.4 million people take their first steps toward literacy, a general education degree, or English fluency. Cal Turner, Jr. founded the Dollar General Literacy Foundation in honor of his grandfather and Dollar General co-founder JL Turner, who was functionally illiterate after dropping out of school in the third grade to support his family. The Foundation aims to provide support to schools, libraries and non-profit organizations seeking to improve adult, summer, youth and family literacy initiatives. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, visit

Founded in 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College celebrates 60 years of providing quality workforce training to the citizens of Northwestern Georgia. Students have the option of earning an associate degree, diploma, or certificate in aviation, business, healthcare, industrial, or public service career paths. Last year, 11,134 people benefited from GNTC’s credited and non-credited programs. GNTC has an annual credit enrollment of 8,528 students and an additional enrollment of 2,606 through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start. For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC is a unit of the Georgia Technical College System and an Equal Opportunity Institution.