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Senator Enzi's Staff Visits Cheyenne ACES Program
Staff of U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (Wyoming), ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor and Pensions (HELP), visited the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Adult Career and Education System (ACES) on June 22. Committee staff observed Laramie County Community College's main adult basic education and GED classroom as well as a structured, instructor-led GED class. Enzi's representative, Kelly Hastings, also sat in on a class for English language learners. The ACES program is funded in part by the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), slated for reauthorization.
White House Considers Plan for Community Colleges
White House officials announced on June 17 that President Obama is considering strategies to substantially boost funding for the nation's community colleges. White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said, "In the next couple of weeks, you will see a major announcement by the president on community colleges and job training and the rewriting of all the legislation related to job training and community ed. in the countrybut, most importantly, in the area of community colleges." The plan will support President Obama's goal of helping 5 million more students move through the community college system in the next 10 years than is currently projected.
OVAE Readies Adult Education State Grant Awards for July 1
OVAE is putting the finishing touches on adult education state grant awards, totaling more than $544 million that will be distributed to states and outlying areas on July 1. Congress set aside nearly $68 million of that total for integrated programs of English language learning and civics education that serve immigrants and other limited English speaking adults. About $10 million in additional adult education funds will be reserved to provide incentive grants for states that exceed their performance targets.
Online Resources Track Stimulus Funds Coming to Your State
Online resources are available to track stimulus funds for your state under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and to review the Department of Education's and Department of Labor's progress in approving applications for funds.
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