AVON PARK, Fla. — Oct. 17, 2019 — A $10,000 grant from Dollar General Literacy Foundation has been awarded to South Florida State College’s (SFSC) Adult Education Department to enhance instruction for students and support professional development for instructors.

The grant comes from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation which funds awards to organizations that provide direct services to adults in need of literacy assistance in Adult Basic Education, GED or high school equivalency preparation, or English language acquisition.

The Dollar General Literacy grant will enable the SFSC Adult Education Department to purchase new curriculum that corresponds to the version of the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) that was released in fall 2019. TABE tests are used to assess the skills and knowledge of adult learners and cover three core subject areas: reading, mathematics, and language. By offering curriculum relevant to student learning needs, students will be able to move closer to or obtain high school equivalency.

The grant will also support training for adjunct instructors by offering more opportunities to learn best educational practices and strategies that engage adult learners.

“I am thrilled when teachers return from a conference with new ideas and strategies to enhance student learning,” said Courtney Green, director of Adult Education and Technical Dual Enrollment at SFSC. “In addition, teachers are able to view the new curriculum at the conferences and can recommend what will work best with our student population. I am thankful for the Dollar General grant. It will enhance the SFSC Adult Education Department so we can provide quality educational services to individuals in our community.”  

SFSC’s Adult Education programs provide students with a range of services to improve basic reading, math, and writing skills; complete a high school diploma; or improve English language communication. For more information, contact the SFSC Adult Education Department at 863-784-7441 or visit southflorida.edu.