The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law in July of 2014. (See the full bill) In program year 2015-16, AEFLA and El/Civics funding will be provided through continuation grants not competitive grants.
Education and literacy are keys to a better quality of life. More than 800,000 Virginia adults do not have a high school diploma or high school credential, and many more lack literacy in key areas such as math or business skills.
To serve these populations, adult education and literacy programs across the state offer the following services
Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) Funded Programs
- Adult Basic Education (ABE) – ABE programs are designed to help adults improve their skills in reading, writing, mathematics, language acquisition and other basic skills. Students working below the ninth-grade level receive help to transition to Adult Secondary Education.
- English as a Second Language (ESL) – ESL programs are designed to assist adult non-native English speaking students in communicating effectively in English, both in and out of the classroom. A number of resources and services are available to help these students demonstrate their ability to speak, listen with understanding, read, and write English in order to function and be successful in the workplace and in postsecondary education and training. See the VCU Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center for ESOL Resources for adult learning.
Adult High School Diploma Programs
- Adult Secondary Programs – Adult Secondary programs include the Adult High School Diploma Program, National External Diploma Program (NEDP) and General Achievement Adult High School Diploma (GAAHSD).
- General Educational Development (GED) – General Educational Development (GED) tests are a group of four subject area tests which, when passed, certify that the test taker has high school-level academic skills.
English Literacy/Civics Program (ELCivics)
- English Literacy/Civics Program (ELCivics) – EL/Civics programs focus on the acquisition of English literacy skills in the context of civics education. Classes emphasize instruction if four core areas: the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, United States naturalization procedures, civic participation and United States history and government.
- Workforce Development – Adult education is a key component in the workforce development continuum in the commonwealth. Services are delivered primarily as workforce preparation activities and integrated education and training.
How VDOE helps
VDOE supports adult education and literacy primarily by funding and supporting the programs at the local level. Each of the 22 regional programs, led by a program manager and a regional specialist, provides adult education services to all cities and counties in its region.
Public school systems, community colleges and community based organizations are most often the providers of these services.
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