Coalition for a Healthy Winston County using grant funds to help dropouts get GED

From staff and press reports


Three members of the Coalition for a Healthy Winston County along with other volunteers recently met with members of the The Rensselaerville Institute to discuss the use of a grant to help dropouts.

The group updated members of The Rensselaerville Institute on how it was faring at the half way mark of the 6 month grant.

Jean Harper of the Coalition for a Healthy Winston County explained that the Appalachian Regional Commission Grant of $3,000 had already made an impact with the program helping 12 people get enrolled in a GED program at East Central Community College, helped three persons sign up for jobs and three more attend job skills training classes at ECCC.

Harper added that the group felt they were on target to help 15 people get their GED and jobs by the end of the grant.

The grant funds allow the students to receive childcare, transportation and other items so they may attend classes.

Harper also explained that partnerships with ECCC and Building Strong Families has helped get the students more education and knowledge as well as multiplying the financial effect of the grant.

The $3,000 grant gained through the Appalachian Community Learning Project (ACLP) workshop is being used by the group to develop “Drop in Not Out” where the group provides resources and skills to help participants obtain a GED, become employed, join the military or attend college. The goal is that 15 will get a GED and 5 will become employable by the end of the 6 months grant, which will end December 5, 2013.

For more information about the Drop in Not Out project or to donate funds or gifts in kind for this monumental project, contact the group’s sparkplug, Jean Harper, 662.773.8264 or email at

For more information on ACLP or The Rensselaerville Institute, contact David Watson-Hallowell at (973)853-2139 or, and for more information about The Appalachian Regional Commission you can visit their website at

This is the third ARC/ Rensselaerville Institute grant the community has received. The first being for city soccer fields, the second to help create a farmer’s market.