How Workforce Can Partner with Adult Education


A recent episode of the Workforce Central podcast features an interview with Jeff Carter, the Executive Director of The National Council of State Directors of Adult Education. Jeff discusses the biggest misconceptions about literacy and adult learning, how workforce can partner with the literacy system to achieve better outcomes, and the top things for workforce directors to keep in mind when it comes to literacy and adult education.

Final WIOA Unified and Combined State Plan Requirements Released

Yesterday the U.S. Department of Labor, in coordination with the U.S. Departments of Education, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture, released the final requirements for State Unified or Combined Plans required under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

New FAQ on One-Stop Infrastructure Costs Under WIOA

Yesterday the Departments of Labor and Education released a new FAQ on local funding agreements for one-stop infrastructure costs under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Of particular note, the FAQ clarifies that the local cost-sharing agreements required by section 121(h) of WIOA are not required to be finalized for Program Year (PY) 2016—states and local areas may continue to negotiate local funding agreements as they have been doing under WIOA’s predecessor, the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), until PY 2017.

Clarification on Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education Under WIOA

Today the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) released a new program memorandum, entitled Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act – Frequently Asked Questions According to OCTAE, this memorandum is intended to clarify statutory provisions related to integrated English literacy and civics education under Title II of WIOA.

Thank You, Senator Reed

Thanks Senator Reed

Philip and Senator Reed, March 2015During the recent NCSDAE March on the Hill, our colleague, Dr. Philip Less (RI) met with and presented an award of appreciation to Senator Jack Reed (D-RI). Mr. Reed, working with NCSDAE, took the lead on inserting adult education into the Educational Sciences Reform Act to strengthen the Institute of Education Science’s commitment to adult education research. In collaboration with NCSDAE, Mr. Reed also co-authored a Dear Colleague letter with Mr. Blumenthal (D-CT) that twenty five Senators signed on to that went to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee calling for funding to the WIOA authorization level.

We appreciate Mr. Reed’s support and his championing adult education in the Senate. We especially appreciate Philip’s keeping Mr. Reed and his staff apprised of the need, success and impact of adult education services on the citizens of Rhode Island.

2015 March on the Hill


Kudos to our eleven state directors and one state professional association member for marching up to the Hill to visit the offices of their Members of Congress who serve on the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to ensure that they understand the “need, success and impact” of adult education on their constituents.

In addition, Jon Kerr (WA) presented the NCSDAE award to his Senator Patty Murray “for exemplary leadership to Adult Education, workforce development and for outstanding leadership in advocating for programs and policies that benefit adult learners.”

Each colleague prepared a packet of information regarding the need, success and impact of adult education.

We owe this group a debt of gratitude for taking their time to ensure that key legislators and their staff members were well informed about adult education in their state and district.