Murray State College, Ardmore Family Literacy receive grant to increase high school equivalency diplomas


Murray State College and Ardmore Family Literacy (AFL) have received a grant from Oklahoma’s Department of Career and Technology Education to increase the number of adults in counties of Carter, Murray, Johnston, Marshall, Love and Bryan who complete the High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED).  The grant will provide funding for fiscal years 2019-2022.

The primary goal of AFL is to assist adults in successfully completing their High School Equivalency Diplomas, with a substantial amount of time also invested in emphasizing job readiness or enrollment in post-secondary programs depending on student goals. 

“Our work with Ardmore Family Literacy to improve education and employment opportunities for community members is very rewarding.  I believe that education is the great equalizer, and we work on a daily basis to assist students of all ages at all levels in reaching their education and career goals,” said MSC President Joy McDaniel.

Ardmore Family Literacy currently serves more than 30 students per year, and grant funding will allow an increase to provide service to 60 students per year.  Services focus on basic literacy and academic skills such as reading, writing, mathematics, and English language skills. In addition to instruction, the program addresses learning problems, social development, educational and career planning and offers help with financial aid applications.   

“It is very exciting to partner with MSC to facilitate this grant. It’s going to allow us to serve more adults and ultimately help make the transition from high school equivalency completion to a brighter future for many southern Oklahoma adults,” said Ardmore Family Literacy Executive Director Leslie Kutz.
For information on how to begin the process of earning a High School Equivalency Diploma, contact Ardmore Family Literacy at 580-798-6176,, or  Offices are located at 223 W. Broadway in downtown Ardmore.


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