The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Nash Community College a $10,000 grant to support adult literacy in the College and Career Readiness program.

This local grant is part of more than $8.6 million in grants awarded to more than 950 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the communities Dollar General serves.

“During these extraordinary times, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation remains steadfast in its commitment to support communities’ literacy and educational advancements through funds that will impact thousands of students across the country,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO and Dollar General Literacy Foundation board member. “We are proud to support the meaningful and impactful work that each of today’s recipients conduct and support their ongoing efforts to help individuals improve their lives through literacy and education.”

The funding will support NCC’s purchase of the Burlington English system software, allowing the college to implement online language learning.

Utilizing the software, NCC’s online English as a Second Language program will provide adaptive and personalized learning paths that are known to improve learning outcomes for English language learners.

“The integration of the technology into the on-campus classes will allow faculty more insight into student progress and material retention saving time for students and instructors and improving academic success,” NCC Director of College and Career Readiness Ivana Stevens said. “Adding this to our curriculum will help us better support students in their transition from the Adult Education program into curriculum or continuing education programs. The software will also be used by students in other curricular to reinforce critical skills.”

Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $182 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 11 million people take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.