COLUMBUS, GA — Columbus Technical College is proud to announce it has been awarded a $9,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Monies from the grant will be used for testing vouchers and bus passes to help students in the six-county college service area seeking a high school equivalency or GED.
With each section of the four-part GED test costing $40 and a monthly METRA bus pass costing $23, the nine-thousand dollars will go a long way in helping hundreds of students take their tests and attend the free classes as well.
“To say this grant is a game-changer would not be an understatement,” said Vice President of Adult Education April Hopson. “Our students face countless financial obstacles on a daily basis and with these trying times, those challenges can be even harder to overcome. With this grant, it means anyone that comes through our door can take their GED exams. The timing couldn’t be better.”
Hopson said her office applied for the grant in January and was alerted of the approval in May. Columbus Tech is one of just three colleges in the Technical College System of Georgia to be named a recipient.
So far this calendar year, Columbus Tech has seen 39 students graduate with a high school equivalency/GED; seven of whom have enrolled in the college.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Adult Education students at Columbus Tech have been fully online since March. Hopson expects to allow small groups on campus and provide more hybrid options in July.
For more information on the Adult Education program at Columbus Technical College, visit their page on the CTC website (columbustech.edu) or call 706-641-5620.