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Secretary Duncan Announces New Funding for Adult Learners
Secretary Duncan announced recently in Milwaukee, Wis., a new $7 million grant program to help prepare laid-off autoworkers and other unemployed people for a second career. These grants, Innovative Strategies in Community Colleges for Working Adults and Displaced Workers, will support the efforts of colleges and other organizations to help adults develop new career skills. The funds can be used to provide services such as tutoring, and academic and career counseling, or to remove financial constraints for adults returning to school by providing child care, transportation or textbook costs. Applicants must demonstrate their ability to collaborate and establish programs that will last after the grant expires. The Department will take applications immediately and plans to award about 28 grants this fall.
Maine's Office of Adult Education Boosts ARRA Efforts of LWIBs
Maine's Office of Adult Education soon will receive nearly $200,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds from the State's four regional Local Workforce Investment Boards (LWIB). The funds are being made available to the office to distribute to local adult education programs. Programs in each of the four LWIB regions will respond to a request for proposals for their share of these funds. The majority of the ARRA dollars will support services for about 2,500 additional students, in two state priority areas, WorkReady and college transitions, along with GED preparation, certain trade and certificate programs and basic academic skills development. The Office of Adult Education's central role will help ensure statewide consistency in reporting and that these programs meet Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) accountability standards.
Pennsylvania Uses ARRA to Boost Basic Skills for Dislocated Workers
Pennsylvania's Southern Alleghenies Workforce Investment Board (SAWIB) recently voted to award the Southern Alleghenies Workforce Coalition $255,220 of ARRA funds. The grant will expand services to the region's growing number of dislocated workers. SAWIB recognized basic skills deficiencies among the region's dislocated workers and sought help from the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) staff. Dislocated workers will receive assistance with basic skills and transitioning either to employment or postsecondary opportunities. Workers in each of the region's six counties will have access to the expanded educational services beginning in July.
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