ALC $1.4 million grant will better the community

Sep 05, 2014

The Alternative Learning Center is taking its mission one giant leap further after receiving a $1.4 million 21 Century Community Learning Centers grant.

ALC has been helping at-risk students graduate since its inception in 2008. But this grant will allow ALC to help the families of these students and find the root of the problem.

ALC teachers give students more individualized attention to be able to find what learning style best fits their needs whether they have trouble focusing in class, need to work a full-time job while in school, have children to care for or other interfering factors of life.

This money will support new after school programs to provide academic enrichment activities, literacy and related educational development services. The new center also will offer counseling, workshops, mentoring programs, support groups and parent education on things like drug use and food insecurity.

A grant like this has the potential to not only change the lives of the students, but it could help break the cycle for future generations by helping families understand the underlying issues that act as roadblocks to personal success.

We applaud ALC for working to help at-risk students and also for reaching down deeper to address the root of these problems that are holding our younger generations back.

By working closely with organizations like Circles of Hope, Haywood Gleaners, Healthy Haywood and Department of Social Services, ALC is well on its way to bettering our community by giving these students and families every chance at success.

This new goal falls perfectly in line with Haywood Helps, a new nonprofit organization being formed with the purpose of helping eradicate poverty within our community by giving people a hand up instead of a hand out.

The bottom line is when you know better, you do better. This grant will teach families about the resources available to them so they can do better.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Doris Hammett | Sep 10, 2014 13:18

The Haywood County Alternative Learning Center is fortunate to have received the 21 Century Community Learning Centers grant for $1.4 million which will allow the ALC to expand its resources for the students.  Haywood County ALC was chosen out of hundreds of applicants as one of the 32 grants in the state. Kyle Ledford, ALC director, explained that the grant would allow the school to expand and serve more of the community.  He felt that the grant money will be leveraged to provide more services where they are needed for student success. Mr. Ledford pointed out that Todd Douglas and his staff at the Southwest Commission was very supportive. 

            The students at the Alternative Learning Center will be the primary winners, with the school system second, but all of Haywood County will benefit. Kyle Ledford and Todd
Douglas should be thanked from all of us.

Doris B. Hammett, MD

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