Wiregrass Foundation South Receives Kindles for Adult Education Classes


June 17, 2014

Wiregrass students with Kindles
(L-R): Students Clayton Hall (hidden), Billy Ray Martin, and Mohammed Anelly with Instructor Adann-Kennn J. Alexxandar.

Valdosta, GA - Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Foundation South received a very generous donation of $10,000 from an unnamed donor to purchase Kindles and books for adult education students. The donor was especially interested in providing new opportunities to help students with reading skills by incorporating Kindles into the classroom.

Alvin Payton, Jr., Vice President for Adult Education stated, “It is this type of community and individual support that makes it possible for the Adult Education Services Program at Wiregrass Georgia Technical Co

llege to expose our adult education students to technology that some may not have had an opportunity to utilize.”

Instructor Adann-Kennn J. Alexxandar added, “Technology is a growing trend. Students should be allowed to use multiple forms of technology to prepare them for the modern workforce and higher education studies. I have taught at three higher learning institutions, and I noticed students must adapt to modern forms of technology to be competitive.”

The students indicated the Kindles are useful because everything today is technology-based and this allows them to use technology as they learn. The Kindles make it easy to find information being discussed in class and they include a dictionary. They are also lightweight and can hold many books, making them much easier to manage than traditional textbooks.

Wiregrass Foundation South Executive Director Dr. Penelope Schmidt stated, “We are very grateful for this generous donation for classroom technology. Helping students develop their literacy skills, obtain their GEDs, then continue into college programs is critical to workforce and economic development in our local area. We always welcome donations to support the College’s efforts to prepare our area for growth.”

To discuss ways that you can create growth by partnering with Wiregrass Foundation South, contact Dr. Penelope Schmidt at 229-293-6190 or penelope.schmidt@wiregrass.edu. For more information about enrolling in Adult Education or other programs, please call 229-333-2100.