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Library News

New Partnership with Methanex Supports Library’s Adult Education Program 

Gonzales, LA  Ascension Parish Library (APL) announces a new partnership with Methanex USA, LLC, which will empower an Ascension Parish resident aged 21 or older to pursue their academic ambitions through Excel Adult High School, an accredited online program facilitated by APL. The $1,700 donation will fund a scholarship and provide technical support in the form of a laptop, ensuring financial barriers do not impede access to quality education.

“We care deeply about the people and the environments in which we live, work and play and are proud to support the APL Excel Adult High School Program, which will have positive and sustainable impacts on our communities,” said Rawle Ramlochan, Managing Director, Methanex Geismar Operations. “This partnership aligns with our commitment to support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal of Quality Education, which ensures inclusive and equitable quality education while promoting lifelong opportunities for all.”

Methanex becomes the third addition to the library’s Partners Advancing Literacy (PAL) program, an initiative inviting businesses and individuals to sponsor vital initiatives.

“This partnership with Methanex is another example of businesses in Ascension Parish committing to community empowerment,” said APL Director John Stelly. “These partnerships allow the library to expand our adult education programs significantly, ensuring more individuals can achieve their aspirations, transforming lives within the community.”

Two students, Dquincy Muse, and Merlynn Glover, graduated from APL’s Excel Adult High this summer. Three others are in the process of completing their credits. Participants must live in Ascension Parish and have an Ascension Parish Library card, available at no cost at all library locations.

Interested students must apply online and interview with library staff who coordinate the program. Once enrolled, participants have access to instructors and tutors. The online curriculum is accessible around the clock, accommodating individuals balancing work and family responsibilities. Students have a flexible timeline of up to 24 months to complete the program, although some may finish early because students can transfer previously earned high school, GED, and HiSet credits.

To learn more about Excel Adult High School and other APL sponsorship opportunities, visit Businesses interested in sponsoring a student can email   

Pictured left to right: Christopher Achee, assistant library director, Carrie Goodall, assistant library director, Leeann Baham, 
                                                                                                             stakeholder relations manager - Methanex, John Stelly, library director