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Dann-Messier Leads CONFINTEA VI Delegation
OVAE Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier is leading the Department's delegation to the Sixth International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI) meeting in Belem, Brazil, on Dec. 1—4. The conference provides an important platform for policy dialogue and advocacy on adult learning and non-formal education at the global level. Nearly three-fourths of UNESCO member states are taking part along with United Nations agencies, multi-lateral cooperation agencies, community and private sector organizations, and learners from all world regions. Division of Adult Education and Literacy Director Cheryl Keenan also is part of the CONFINTEA delegation.
Assistant Secretary Holds Third WIA Community Conversation
Assistant Secretary Dann-Messier, in collaboration with the Illinois Community College Board, conducted OVAE's third Community Conversation on the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) on Nov. 23 in Godfrey, Ill. The meeting with adult education practitioners took place at Louis & Clark Community College. Participants discussed the preparation of adult learners for success in postsecondary education. The discussion included innovations needed to meet the challenges encountered in that preparation and how WIA reauthorization could better align states' adult education and workforce development systems.
JFF Launches New Project Connecting Literacy and Work
Jobs for the Future (JFF) recently announced it will use funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to launch Connecting Literacy and Work. The new project will help low‐skilled workers through community‐based adult literacy and workforce initiatives. JFF, the Literacy Coalition of Southeastern Wisconsin (Milwaukee) and the Workforce Solutions Collaborative (Philadelphia) will create and pilot tools and training to build the capacity of adult literacy providers to partner with employers and training providers in key industry sectors. JFF also will give targeted technical assistance to Durham Technical Community College (N.C.), Metropolitan Community College (Omaha, Neb.) and Mississippi Office of Nursing Workforce (Madison, Miss.) and Hinds Community College (Jackson, Miss.).
NIFL Launches Postsecondary Transition Discussion
The National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) launched a new discussion list on postsecondary transition on Nov. 23. It is designed to provide to promote sharing among adult education practitioners, administrators, researchers and policymakers to help bridge the gap between standard adult education offerings and what most adult learners need to succeed in postsecondary education. Ellen Hewett, director of the National College Transition Network at World Education, Inc. moderates the list.
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