The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) a grant in support of their adult literacy and education efforts. The $5,500 grant is part of more than $8.6 million presented to over 950 schools, non-profits and organizations in the communities served by Dollar General. DMACC will use this money to provide scholarships to the High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) program and to fund staff time in support of the Adult Literacy Center (ALC) at the DMACC Urban campus. “On behalf of everyone at DMACC, I’d like to thank Dollar General for this wonderful grant in support of literacy and education, especially among adults in our community,” says DMACC Urban campus Provost, Dr. Anne Howsare Boyens. “The National Institute for Literacy reports that 43 percent of adults at the lowest literacy levels live in poverty, while 70 percent of adult welfare recipients have low literacy levels.” Their goal, Howsare Boyens says, is to provide these adults a pathway to improving their lives and reaching their goals.