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

2014 – Ongoing

About The Program

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.

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Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe University

Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College

Northwest Indian College

Oglala Lakota College

Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College

Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College

Sinte Gleska University

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Tohono O'odham Community College

Tohono O'odham Community College

Turtle Mountain Community College

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