KUDOS: The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded grants to support youth literacy programs to Jefferson County Joint Vocational School in Bloomingdale in the amount of $2,000.
"Youth literacy grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation are awarded at the beginning of the academic year to help make a distinct impact on the communities we serve by supporting programs that improve education and enhance literacy," said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General's chairman and CEO. "At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of Serving Others and it's exciting to see the real difference literacy and learning makes in people's lives."
This fall, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded more than $2.5 million in youth literacy grants to approximately 650 schools, non-profit organizations, libraries and community groups across the country dedicated to the advancement of literacy.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education, according to officials. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $84.9 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.8 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.
APPOINTED: Guhan Venkatu has been named vice president and senior regional officer for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland's Pittsburgh Branch, effective Saturday.
Venkatu brings 15 years of Reserve Bank experience to the office and will be responsible for maintaining a strong presence for the Bank throughout its Pittsburgh region, which includes Erie, Pa., Wheeling and Steubenville.
He will be the senior official of the Pittsburgh branch and manage relationships with key stakeholders in the area and will also serve as the Branch's regional economist.
He succeeds Robert Schaub, who retired earlier this year after 38 years of service at the bank.
EDUCATORS: Eastern Gateway Community College has appointed two new deans.
Dorothy Collins of Boardman advanced to dean of TRiO programs and academic advising, while Christina Wanat of New Philadelphia is now dean of student learning.
In 2005, Collins became director of the TRiO student support services program and has since become director of two additional TRiO programs, Educational Opportunity Center and Upward Bound. TRiO programs are federally funded grant programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. She also supervises academic advising at the college. She has been working in academic support for eight years, helping students achieve their post-secondary and/or higher educational goals.
Collins holds a doctorate degree in education from Capella University and master's and bachelor's degrees in education from Youngstown State University. Previously, she was a career consultant for Mahoning and Columbiana Training Association and an assistant women's basketball coach and a coordinator of multi-cultural student services for the Center of Student Progress at YSU.
In 1999, Wanat was appointed assistant director of the Tech Prep program at the college, then became director of Tech Prep and, later, director of the Student Success Center and the Adult Basic Literacy Education program. Prior to being promoted to dean, Wanat held the title of chief administrator of student learning. Recently, she oversaw the college's Gates Grant project to revamp developmental education courses in mathematics, English and reading. She works with Jefferson County high schools to arrange dual enrollment classes.
Wanat previously served as interim dean for the business, engineering and information technologies, humanities and social sciences. She has a bachelor of science degree in business administration from West Liberty University and a master's degree in education from Jones International University.