Thursday Notes -- December 17, 2009
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Congress Approves FY 2010 Increases for Adult Education

Congress approved increases for adult education on Dec. 13 in the FY 2010 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations legislation. The bill appropriates $628 million for adult basic literacy education state grants, matching the president’s request for $74 million above FY 2009 levels. This amount includes funding adjustments for states and outlying areas underpaid due to an earlier administrative error. The conference agreement increases the English literacy and civics education set-aside within the appropriation for adult education state grants to $75 million—about $7 million more than the FY 2009 level. The bill also funds the Career Pathways Innovation Fund at the Department of Labor at $125 million, matching FY 2009. These competitive grants will go to community colleges and partnerships with local adult education providers to prepare workers for careers in high-demand and emerging industries.

OVAE Selects Eight States For Customized Transition Training

OVAE this week announced the selection of eight states to participate in its $1.8 million project Policy to Performance: Transitioning Adults to Opportunities. They are: Alabama, California, Louisiana., Massachusetts, New York., Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. These states will receive targeted technical assistance and customized coaching to examine, analyze, and develop policy that is unique to each state’s context and meets the needs of the state’s low-skilled adult learner population. Assistance will begin in February 2010 and run through August 2012.

Indiana’s Haffner To Assume Kentucky Post

Indiana Department of Education’s acting state director of adult education Jerry Haffner recently was named director of the Madison County Adult Education Center at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. He will begin his new assignment on Jan. 4. Haffner has worked in adult and continuing education for approximately 20 years as an administrator, English faculty member and a trainer-instructor.

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