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Funds Available for Adult Education

January 27, 1999

The West Virginia Department of Education announces that applications are available for funds under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act signed in August 1998 by President Clinton. The purpose of the Act is to operate Adult Basic Education programs for adults 16 years of age and older and not enrolled in school. Adult Basic Education activities will assist adults to become literate and to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency; to assist adults who are parents to obtain the educational skills necessary to become full partners in the educational development of their children; and assist adults in the completion of the GED or high school diploma through the External Diploma Program.  

Eligible applicants include county boards of education, the state correctional education agency, community-based organizations, volunteer literacy organizations of demonstrated effectiveness, higher education institutions, public or private non-profit agencies, libraries, public housing authorities, agencies which have the ability to provide literacy services to adults and families, and consortiums of the named entities.  

According to State Superintendent Dr. Henry Marockie, an application training session will be held for all interested eligible applicants at the Charleston Marriott Hotel at 9:15 a.m., February 11. All eligible applicants are encouraged to attend the session to gain valuable information on the application process. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 7, 1999.  

Application forms and information are available from Kathy Polis, West Virginia Department of Education, Building 6, Room 230, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, WV 25305-0330 or by calling 304-558-6318.

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