The Virginia Department of Education is announcing three-year competitive grants authorized under Title II of WIOA of 2014, Public Law 113–128, available to eligible providers within the Commonwealth of Virginia. For more details and the grant application refer to Superintendent’s Memo #008-17. Competitive Grant Application Questions & Answers are now available:
- Adult Education Competitive Grant Application Process Question and Answers
- Pre-Proposal Meeting Presentation - January 24, 2017 (PPT)
- Play Video: Adult Education Grant Application Technical Assistance for Grant Evaluators
- Transcript (Word)
See Grants & Funding for more information.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law in July of 2014. (See the full bill) In program year 2016-2017, IELCE funding will be provided through continuation grants not competitive grants.
Education and literacy are keys to a better quality of life. More than 800,000 Virginia adults do not have a high school diploma or high school credential, and many more lack literacy in key areas such as math or business skills.
To serve these populations, adult education and literacy programs across the state offer the following services
Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) Funded Programs
- Adult Basic Education (ABE) – ABE programs are designed to help adults improve their skills in reading, writing, mathematics, language acquisition and other basic skills. Students working below the ninth-grade level receive help to transition to Adult Secondary Education.
- English as a Second Language (ESL) – ESL programs are designed to assist adult non-native English speaking students in communicating effectively in English, both in and out of the classroom. A number of resources and services are available to help these students demonstrate their ability to speak, listen with understanding, read, and write English in order to function and be successful in the workplace and in postsecondary education and training. See the VCU Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center for ESOL Resources.
Adult High School Diploma Programs
- Adult Secondary Programs – Adult Secondary programs include the Adult High School Diploma Program, National External Diploma Program (NEDP) and General Achievement Adult High School Diploma (GAAHSD).
High School Equivalency (HSE) Credential
- General Educational Development (GED) – General Educational Development (GED) tests are a group of four subject area tests which, when passed, certify that the test taker has high school-level academic skills.
Integrated English Literacy & Civics Education (IELCE)
- Integrated English Literacy & Civics Education – IELCE programs are education services that enable adult English language learners, including professionals in their native countries, gain English proficiency, understand the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic participation, and obtain the workforce skills needed to gain employment that leads to self-sufficiency and be productive citizens. See the VCU Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center for ESOL Resources.
- Workforce Development – Adult education is a key component in the workforce development continuum in the commonwealth. Services are delivered primarily as workforce preparation activities and integrated education and training.
How VDOE helps
VDOE supports adult education and literacy primarily by funding and supporting the programs at the local level. Each of the 22 regional programs, led by a program manager and a regional specialist, provides adult education services to all cities and counties in its region.
Public school systems, community colleges and community based organizations are most often the providers of these services.
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