Thursday Notes -- November 5, 2009
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Assistant Secretary Conducts OVAE's First Community Conversations

OVAE Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier conducted her first "community conversations" on reauthorization of Title II of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) in New York City and Trenton, N.J., on Nov. 4 and 5 respectively. Dann-Messier framed the conversations with broad questions to allow participants to focus on the challenges under WIA and possible solutions, and to think boldly about how the whole system can be more effective. Participants included largely students and staff of WIA programs in N.Y. and representatives of community-based providers in N.J. A feedback e-mail has been created for persons interested in providing additional comments on the legislation. It is important to note that this address does not provide two-way communication.

2010 National Meeting Registration Now Online

Registration for OVAE's 2010 National Meeting for State Directors of Adult Education in Washington, D.C., Feb. 2-4, 2010 will be available November 13 online. The meeting, to be held at the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, is a training opportunity for state directors and other state personnel who work on programs funded by the Adult Education and Literacy Act (AEFLA), Title II of WIA. A draft meeting agenda will be available at the site in the link above.

Ohio's Adult Concurrent Enrollment Policy Eases Postsecondary Transition

The Ohio Board of Regents recently implemented a new policy promoting adult students' concurrent enrollment in Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) courses and college credit courses. The policy also will save adult students from paying tuition for developmental courses to raise their academic skills to levels required for college entry. Officials anticipate that the policy will allow adult students to be introduced to postsecondary study while enrolled in no-cost, student-centered ABLE courses and while benefitting from "wrap-around" support services. Under this policy, an adult student is concurrently enrolled when enrolled in ABLE course work and also enrolled in at least one of the following: college developmental courses, general education courses, or technical programs or courses that require paying tuition. ABLE course work must not be in the same subject as developmental course work.

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