The Rensselaer Adult Learning Center got a $20,000 grant in order to offer students more hours and buy online learning materials for the new high school equivalency exam.
Donaldson Foundation, the charitable arm of Atlanta-based filtration manufacturer Donaldson Co., awarded the grant, which will allow the center to be open for six additional hours a week. The company has a distribution center in Rensselaer.
"We're very pleased to support the Center For Workforce Innovations in Rensselaer, where our North American Distribution Center is located," says Lillian Perez, Donaldson Foundation president. "Our mission to support education in the communities where our employees live and work, which directly aligns with CWI's mission to invest in building and aligning workforce, education, and economic development strategies while accelerating economic growth."
The Center for Workforce Innovations, which runs several area adult learning centers, applied for the grant to help keep current with national changes in converting the current GED to state-level equivalency exams. The money should result in a better educated and skilled workforce, said Miche Grant, vice president of learning initiatives at the center.