Woodlake gets $7,500 for adult education

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell today announced that 256 grantees will receive $64.8 million in Workforce Investment Act Title II Adult Education and Family Literacy Act grants. The list is attached.

&#8220Education is a lifelong process that requires careful cultivation, especially for long-term citizens and recent immigrants who need skills to get jobs and become self-sufficient,” said O'Connell. &#8220Ultimately, the goal is to help people easily maneuver through our society and use good citizenship skills to become active members of our communities.”

This grant program is funded through the federal Workforce Investment Act Title II: Adult Education and Family Literacy Act. It provides supplemental funds for adult basic education, high school subjects, English as a second language, citizenship, English literacy, and civics education. Eligible applicants included institutions of higher education, local educational agencies, nonprofit organizations, other organizations, or agencies. Only existing grantees funded in 2005-06 were eligible to submit applications for further funding.

This program is a pay-for-performance grant, meaning grant amounts were based on adult student learning gains. Grantees must gather information on the learners, take attendance, assess their progress, and complete other objectives to prove students are completing and learning the coursework. Continued funding depends on the successful implementation of all grant and performance requirements and are subject to the availability of funds from the federal government. The money may be used for instructional costs, teacher salaries, textbooks, instructional supplies, facilities maintenance, childcare, and transportation for learners. Grantees are required to submit quarterly reports to receive grant reimbursements from the California Department of Education.

Adult education in California serves about two million students annually through its public adult schools, community colleges, libraries, community and faith-based organizations, and correctional institutions. For more information on adult education in California, please visit http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/ae/.

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