Thursday Notes -- November 19, 2009
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Keenan Leads NNPSP Panel on Integrated Learning

Division of Adult Education and Literacy Director Cheryl Keenan moderated a panel Nov. 11at the National Network of Private Sector Partners (NNPSP) meeting in Washington, D.C. NNSP is a nationwide membership organization dedicated to promoting and increasing support for sector initiatives. These are regional, industry-focused approaches to workforce and economic development that improve access to good jobs or increase job quality in ways that strengthen an industry's workforce.

New Bedford WIB Awards ARRA Funds to Literacy Programs

The Greater New Bedford (Mass.) Workforce Investment Board awarded $260,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to local literacy programs for educational attainment and work readiness recently. Four $65,000 grants went to New Bedford Public Schools; P.A.C.E., Child Care Works and The Family Center; Treatment Development Corp. Inc.; and New Directions Southcoast, Inc. All grantees have a work readiness component in their programs or provide adults with English language learning and GED classes.

Maine College Transitions Program Honored

The Maine College Transitions Program was honored with an Education at Work for Maine Award on Nov. 10. Maine's state director Jeff Fantine accepted the award from the Finance Authority of Maine for the program's comprehensive services that prepare adult education students academically for the rigors of college as well as connect them with the necessary supports to get into and through college. The Transitions Program is an initiative of the Maine Department of Education and the Compact for Higher Education with 1,300 students in 22 programs in 40 communities in Maine. The program is now in its second year of operation, fully funded by the state. Participating adult education programs are required to sign memoranda of understanding with a local postsecondary institution.

Kansas Programs Receive Curriculum Innovation Award

The Kansas Board of Regents' (KBOR) adult education program and Kansas State University's Adult Basic Education Leadership Academy received a 2009 Curriculum Innovation Award on Nov. 5. The award from the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education-Commission of Professors of Adult Education recognizes innovative approaches to the education of adult educators. Dianne Glass, director of adult education for KBOR, and Jeff Zacharakis, associate professor of educational leadership at the university, accepted the award. The academy is a three-year program to strengthen the leadership and management skills of directors and coordinators of the state's 30 adult learning centers.

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