Grenada Education Center
423 S. Line
GLAD Celebrates Service Since 1986
By Valinda C. Smith, Adult Literacy Program Coordinator
The Grenada League for Adult Development (GLAD) has served as the adult literacy council for Grenada County since 1986. This literacy council is the umbrella under which Grenada community agencies and businesses work together to address local adult literacy and adult education needs, avoiding duplication of effort.
GLAD began when former Library Director Maryhardy McElwain, former Vocational School Director Don Connerley, and key community leaders (Trish Hightower, Kay Townes, the late Mayor L.D.Boone, and others) began the organizational work resulting in the creation of GLAD. Bylaws were drawn up and a board of directors was established. GLAD is a 501©(3) non-profit organization and is registered with the Mississippi Secretary of State's office as an exempt organization. Over the years, GLAD has received a variety of grants, a myriad of local donations, and has functioned in a variety of locations before settling into its current location at the old "Lizzie Horn School" designated as the Grenada Adult Education Center.
GLAD trains volunteer tutors to work with local adult learners. Appropriations and donations to GLAD are used to provide tutor training materials, needed resources, meet special needs, provide study materials for students and so on. Adult learners in our literacy program are paired with tutors on a one-to-one basis or work in a small group in a classroom setting as appropriate for their skill levels. A computer-assisted education lab is shared with the Grenada Adult Education Program.
In addition to low-level adult literacy training, the collaboration that comprises the Grenada Adult Education Center offers AE (Adult Education) classes, English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) classes, workforce/job skills training and credentials, GED® and HiSET® high school equivalency testing, and dual enrollment in the Holmes Community College Grenada MiBEST program for qualifying students. The GLAD Board also serves as the advisory board for the Grenada School District's Adult Education (AE) Program.
The Parent Resource Center serves as a link between the home and the school.
The center is designed to provide information, materials, and training for
parents, children, and teachers. The goal of the center is to build the parents' capacity to help their children succeed.
Grenada Adult Education Center
The staff at the Grenada Adult Education Center is available to help adult learners across the span of educational needs. Volunteer tutors are recruited to work one-to-one with adult learners who need to learn to read or to improve their reading levels. Adult services available at this site include adult literacy tutoring, volunteer tutor training, Adult Education (AE) classes, high school equivalency test preparation, and English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) classes, and adult GED® and HiSET® testing. Participants must be a least 18 years old and have verification they are no longer enrolled in K-12 school.
Adult Education (AE) and test prep classes are available for adults who want to refresh their basic skills or prepare to take high school equivalency exams. There is no charge for these adult classes or tutoring sessions.
The Adult Education Center is also an official adult GED® and HiSET® testing site. Visit https://ged.com/ or https://hiset.ets.org/ to scheduling high school equivalency testing at the Grenada Adult Education Center.
Classes are offered Mon.-Thurs. mornings from 8:00-Noon and on Tues. and Thurs. afternoons from 3:00-7:00 pm. For more information call 227-6101 or 226-7462. Participants should be at least 18 years old and already officially withdrawn of K-12 school.
Adults who wish to volunteer as adult literacy tutors should call the Grenada League for Adult Development (GLAD) at 226-7462. Small group training and one-to-one tutor training is scheduled as needed.