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Johan Uvin and Adrienne Dunbar Join OVAE's Staff
OVAE Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier announced today that Rhode Island's Director of the Office of Adult and Career and Technical Education Johan Uvin and House Education and Labor Committee Policy Advisor Adrienne Dunbar have joined OVAE's staff. Uvin will arrive at OVAE Dec. 21 on an Intergovernmental Personnel Act program as a senior advisor to the assistant secretary. Dunbar joined the staff as an administration appointee and now serves as an advisor to Dann-Messier
Uvin previously led the Rhode Island state office that oversees adult education, career and technical education, and GED testing. There he established standards for students, teachers and programs. He introduced outcome management and performance-based funding to providers. Uvin worked closely with partner organizations to increase the number of programs combining education and training related to career pathways in critical and emerging employment sectors. He also assisted local governments in developing pathways out of poverty for low-skilled residents. Uvin established multiple strategic partnerships and leveraged co-investments to create college transition opportunities for adults, provide integrated education and career technical training for out-of-school youths and adults, and create an interagency e-learning effort
Dunbar served as an education policy advisor for the House Committee on Education and Labor. She worked for Chairman George Miller for more than two years on a number of education issues, including adult education and family literacy. Dunbar served as lead staffer for the Committee on Title II of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and prepared for reauthorization by meeting with congressional offices and national constituent groups. Dunbar also helped organize a hearing by the House Subcommittee on Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, and Competitiveness that examined best practices for improving adult education and family literacy under WIA. Dunbar was a public policy fellow with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington, D.C. prior to serving with the committee. She completed the first half of her fellowship at the National Council of La Raza and the second half with the committee.
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