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Executives pose with ceremonial check
L to R: Liz Meeker, GLA; Victoria Novak, GLA Executive Director, Louisa Harris, GLA; Claire Gibbons, Power:Ed Executive Director, Neil Grayson, Power:Ed Committee Chair, Liza Jones, GLA; and other GLA staff and board members

GREENVILLE, SC – June 13, 2024 – Greenville Literacy Association (GLA) has been awarded a $53,000 grant from Power:Ed, the philanthropy of SC Student Loan Corporation, to support the continued growth and expansion of GLA’s GED bootcamp. Funds will be used to deliver exceptional learning experiences that enhance the quality of life of students and the vibrancy of the community.

“We appreciate Power:Ed’s continued support of and investment in GLA and our GED bootcamp,” said GLA Executive Director Victoria Novak. "This funding will help ensure we continue to deliver on our mission of improving the literacy and employability of adult learners in the Greenville community.”

GLA’s 14-week bootcamp is an intensive, student-centered learning model leading to a GED. GLA launched the bootcamp in 2019. To date, the bootcamp has served 256 students. With support from Power:Ed, the bootcamp will serve as many as 25 students over the next year. The bootcamp includes placement testing; orientation; career assessments; online and in-person coursework in reading, writing, social studies, science and math; supplemental tutoring; and a workforce readiness certification. At the start of the bootcamp, students work with GLA to define their college and career plans, ensuring they have a clear path to enter the workforce and/or pursue a higher education after obtaining their GED.

“The pathway from poverty to prosperity starts with literacy and building a firm foundation to continue your education and advance your skills training,” said Power:Ed Executive Director Claire Gibbons. “Greenville County has a big goal for 60% of working age residents to obtain an associate degree or higher in order to boost their economic mobility, and we believe GLA’s GED bootcamp is a key building block for achieving that goal. Power:Ed and SC Student Loan are proud to support Greenville Literacy Association.”

Power:Ed has awarded $1,000,000 in grants to South Carolina education and career readiness organizations in FY2023-24. In this fourth fiscal quarter, Power:Ed awarded five grants, including this grant to GLA, totaling $208,000. Grants are administered quarterly, and the next grant funding deadline is July 1, 2024.

Those interested in participating in GLA’s GED bootcamp are encouraged to call (864) 467-3456 to learn more and to register.

About Greenville Literacy Association
Greenville Literacy Association (GLA) is one of the largest community-based adult literacy programs in South Carolina and one of the most highly developed in the nation. Based in Greenville, South Carolina, GLA’s mission is to enrich our community by increasing the literacy and employability of adult learners in the Greenville community. GLA promotes an inclusive and welcoming environment and provides accessible, affordable, high-quality adult education to people of all abilities. To learn more, visit

About Power:Ed
Founded in 2019, Power:Ed, the philanthropy of SC Student Loan is dedicated to creating opportunities for South Carolina’s youth and adults by supporting low-income, minority, and first-generation students; improving access to college and degree completion; and creating pathways to quality workforce opportunities. Organizations serving middle school through post-college talent who are interested in applying for a grant or partnering with Power:Ed, should visit

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