OVAE Connection -- February 10, 2012
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Technology and Transportation Education Grants Available

The U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is soliciting proposals for the Garrett A. Morgan Technology and Transportation Education Program to improve the preparation of students, particularly girls and minorities in STEM skills at the elementary and secondary school levels. These proposals chosen will also assist in developing curricula and building the capacity of educational agencies to plan, implement, sustain, and evaluate transportation education activities in order to increase interest in the field of transportation and the number of skilled employees for the transportation workforce. Grants may be used for enhancing STEM through:

  1. Internships that offer students experience in the transportation field;
  2. Programs that allow students to observe scientists and engineers in the transportation field; and
  3. Curriculum development based on examples and problems related to transportation.

The application due date is Feb. 21, 2011. For more information on how to apply visit:

Georgia Announces Adult Education Leaders

Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Commissioner Ron Jackson recently named Beverly E. Smith assistant commissioner of the state's adult education programs. Jackson also announced that the state's former adult education assistant commissioner, Josephine Reed-Taylor, has been promoted to the TCSG's number-two spot as deputy commissioner of the statewide technical college system. Smith is a former educator, corporate manager, consultant, and trainer. She recently served as executive director of the TCSG Foundation, Inc., the system's fundraising arm. Smith spent 18 years with AT&T and Southern Bell as a corporate manager and worked as a college administrator at Kent State University in Ohio and Georgia State University. She also served as an Upward Bound program director and taught high school in Ohio. Deputy Commissioner Reed-Taylor will now work with the commissioner to oversee Georgia's 28 technical colleges, the state Office of Adult Education, and the Quick Start workforce development program. Reed-Taylor has led the state's adult education programs since 2006. She has maintained a successful 40-year career in postsecondary administration in Georgia, Minnesota, South Carolina and New York.

Regional Community College Summits Scheduled

Building on the first White House Summit on Community Colleges, OVAE is sponsoring one-day community college regional summits in Philadelphia (Feb. 28), Houston (March 9), Indianapolis (March 23), and San Diego (April 15). In addition, a virtual community college symposium will be held the week of April 25. Each summit will bring together community college leaders, students, faculty, business leaders, philanthropic organizations, and other workforce development experts to discuss the role that community colleges play in efforts to increase the number of college graduates and prepares them to lead today's workforce. For more information, please visit:

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OVAE Offers Free LD Resource

OVAE has recently posted Learning to Achieve: A Professional's Guide to Educating Adults with Learning Disabilities, a free evidence-based resource for educators who work with adults with learning disabilities (LD). This guide can be used as a stand-alone resource or to reinforce and extend professional development delivered with the Learning to Achieve program. Chapters provide information on characteristics of adults with learning disabilities and match them with examples of practical intervention strategies. Many are appropriate for all individuals who struggle with learning.

Iowa Invests WIA Incentive Funds in Workforce Partnerships

Iowa is making long-term investments of incentive funds earned for high performance under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) in an Adult Literacy for the Workforce in Iowa initiative (ALWI). Iowa Workforce Development and the Iowa Department of Education's Division of Community Colleges and Workforce Preparation received two rounds of incentive grant funds in 2009 and 2010. The agencies allocated $779,429 to Iowa's 15 community college adult literacy programs through June 30, 2011, and $706,297 through June 30, 2012. ALWI funding was awarded based on the commitment of each community college to include in their programs innovation; research to support their approach; partnerships; and plans for recruitment, retention, sustainability, evaluation, and professional development. The new 2010 WIA Incentive Grant Proposal will support the colleges' efforts to enhance ALWI programs by:

  • Expanding the ALWI of community colleges;
  • Investing in online GED instruction;
  • Extending National Career Readiness Certificate and WIN Licensing; and
  • Implementing data system alignment activities.

ALWI participants comprise a longitudinal data set, which allows the state to study follow-up outcomes such as participants' workforce entrance and retention, enrollment in postsecondary education and training programs, and in credit and non-credit training in community colleges or public and private universities. More information is available from Iowa's State Director Helene Grossman.

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