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Dover Adult Learning Center of Strafford County is Here for YOU.

During the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Dover Adult Learning Center (DALC) and its amazing teachers, quickly jumped to the challenge and managed to switch from a mostly in-person format to an all-online or in-the-mail format. Eight months later, DALC is once again offering some in-person classes and tutoring, and we have computer lab hours available in the McConnell Center. We are using strict hygiene and social-distancing protocols. But the most important point is, we are here. If you need to get your diploma or take a high school equivalency test (HiSET), need help with English speaking, reading, or comprehension, want to learn about getting your citizenship, need a course for a nursing or other college program, or just want to take some fun, interesting enrichment classes, DALC is here for you.  

Each day, adults get up and get ready for their day. Whether caring for small children, grown children, parents or grandparents, or even just living alone and keeping up with the bills and stresses of life, everyone has something to do, some hurtle to jump over. Sometimes life doesn’t go as planned and perhaps you need to drop out of high school. Maybe you are returning to the workforce and need a few courses to enter a nursing program. Or maybe you just got to this country hoping for a better life, but you are struggling to learn English. DALC is here for you.

“When basic needs are met and barriers are lifted, students move forward with their education”:

Josh quit school to take care of a sick parent and younger siblings.  At 27, a little work in math helped him pass the HiSET test. He achieved near perfect scores on all parts of the exam! Working with [DALC’s] career advisor on a career plan, a job-search and interviewing skills, and in class to build algebra skills, Josh was hired at Turbocam to train as a CNC machinist.

Kasy wrote to DALC: “Honestly without the amazing people at DALC I would still be at [a fast food restaurant], hating my life feeling useless. I am now a working member of society and an honest hard working [security] officer. DALC really did save me… Always here to answer anything about how amazing DALC is.” 

Ray earned his adult high school diploma by completing several of DALC’s alternative credit options which gave him flexibility because of his busy restaurant job. Looking for a career change, he is now enrolled in EMT and fire suppression courses in hopes of becoming a firefighter.

Beth enrolled 4 years ago as a teen, attending because of concerns that her mother would be fined for truancy. She returned [in 2019], motivated to reach her goal of becoming a nurse.  With the help of DALC, MyTurn, and regular attendance in classes, Beth is now enrolled in the LNA program at Great Bay Community College!

Annual donations help us provide vital programs and services such as: providing homeless students with classes taught in a community location; scholarships for high school classes, HiSET (high school equivalency test) fees, and caps and gowns; childcare for children while their parents attended English, math and high school equivalency prep classes at DALC; A $500 emergency fund provided food, gas, and phone cards, work boots, and an emergency hotel room for students in need; a grant from the new Counselor Emergency Fund allowed a homeless woman and her daughter get a bus ticket to stay with family until there was room in a local shelter, and clothed and fed two young students after their apartment was damaged by a fire. There are many other stories like these.

Please consider donating to DALC. The season of giving is upon us. December 1st is #GivingTuesday, a national day of recognition for all of the great work non-profits do all across the globe, a day to give back to your community and the people who provide life-changing services. DALC is no exception.

Like and join our Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DALCNH and LinkedIn pages. Call and talk about your educational needs, or, if you are a professional, retired teacher, or just looking for a place where you can share your knowledge with others, consider becoming a volunteer tutor.

See our website for details and to donate to this great cause: www.doveradultlearning.org or call us for more information: 603-742-1030.