Native Students Stepping Forward:
Dollar General High School Equivalency
Completion Program

2014 – Ongoing

Program Details

The American Indian College Fund’s Native Students Stepping Forward: Dollar General High School Equivalency Completion Program, previously known as the Dollar General American Indian and Alaska Native Literacy and Adult Education Program, supports American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIANs) pursuing their High School Equivalency (HSE)/General Education Diploma (GED) credentials through Tribal College and University (TCU)-implemented programming.

Like the Dollar General Literacy Foundation (DGLF) that funds the program at up to $300,000 annually, Native Students Stepping Forward is committed to helping individuals of all ages receive the educational foundation they need to succeed in post-secondary education opportunities or the workforce. Through grants to TCUs, the program seeks to strategically expand services and resources to achieve measurable outcomes in HSE/GED program enrollment, retention, and completion. In a continuous effort to value the whole student, the program aims to assess and address students’ needs to succeed, encourages culturally relevant programming elements, promotes visibility of HSE/GED students at TCUs, and supports college and career readiness programming components.

Grantees

    • Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College
    • Oglala Lakota College
    • Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College
    • Sinte Gleska University
    • Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
    • Tohono O’odham Community College

Program Gallery

Native Students Stepping Forward:
Dollar General High School Equivalency Completion Program Blogs

Articles and success from the College Fund programs team.

Introducing the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College GED/HSED Program

Introducing the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College GED/HSED Program

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College (LCOOC) is one of the tribal colleges participating in the College Fund’s ongoing Native Students Stepping Forward: High School Equivalency Completion Program. Recently added to the College Fund’s program, LCOOC’s General Educational Degree/High School Equivalency Degree (GED/HSED) Program has experienced a lot of transitions and transformations to get where it is today.

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How to Help

Currently only 14.5% of American Indians hold college degrees. But with 42% of Native Americans being 24 years old or younger, you have the opportunity to make an incredible impact for this generation and generations to come when you donate today.