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USCIS Announces Grants to Prepare LPRs for Citizenship
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced the availability of two competitive grants totaling about $7 million from its Citizenship and Integration Grant program. Grants will be awarded for preparing residents who are in the United States lawfully and permanently (LPRs) for citizenship and advancing their integration into the U.S. Allowable activities include: citizenship- or civics-focused English language instruction, citizenship instruction, educational resources, and naturalization application assistance. Eligible applicants include but are not limited to: public school systems, universities and community colleges; civic, community and faith-based organizations; adult education programs; public libraries; and volunteer or literacy organizations. Letters of intent to apply are due March 26 for September 2010 awards.
NGA Selects States To Boost Workers' College Credentials
The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) recently announced the selection of six states—Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, Virginia and West Virginia—to host a Governor's Forum on Postsecondary Credential Attainment by Adult Workers in each of their states. Forums will advance a policy agenda in each state that will lead to an increase in the education and skill levels of adult workers and heighten awareness about the need to develop the workforce. Participating states will receive funding to create preliminary goals to increase the proportion of adult workers who hold a postsecondary credential; identify barriers and solutions to improving the workers’ skills; and engage new leaders in addressing the need to increase education levels among adult workers.
Superintendent Showcases Adult Ed’s Value on TV
Oklahoma State Superintendent Sandy Garrett turned the spotlight on adult education’s contribution to her state during her February television show, “Oklahoma’s Education Report Card.” The show about public school education issues airs several times a week on both public access and commercial cable channels. Garrett joined state director Stephanie Curtis, local program directors and students to discuss how adult education is preparing learners for success in postsecondary transition and employment.
North Dakota Lawmakers Fund Marketing of Colleges
North Dakota's legislature recently appropriated $800,000 for a public awareness campaign to showcase options available at the state’s community colleges. Chancellor of the North Dakota University System, Bill Goetz, indicated that attention to community college opportunities will strengthen four-year institutions as well.
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