Funds Available for English Literacy/Civics Program

August 11, 2001

The West Virginia Department of Education announces that funds will be available for the English Literacy/Civics Program of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, as authorized by Title II of the Workforce Investment Act. Applicants may apply for grants ranging from $8,000 to $12,000.  

Application forms and additional information are available from Kathi Polis, West Virginia Department of Education, Building 6, Room 230, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, WV 25305-0330, or by calling (304) 558-6317 or 1-800-642-2670, the Adult Education Hotline. Applications will be available on July 31 and must be received by the West Virginia Department of Education no later than September 17, 2001. An orientation for the application process will be held at the Charleston Civic Center, VIP Room, on August 3, 2001, from 11:15 a.m. to noon.  

Eligible applicants include county boards of education, community colleges, the state correctional agency, community-based organizations, 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.  

The purpose of the English Literacy/Civics Program is to provide an integrated program of services that incorporates English literacy and civics education for immigrants and other limited English proficient adults who are not enrolled in school. To effectively participate in the education, work and civic opportunities of this country, immigrants must not only master English, but must be able to understand and navigate governmental, educational and workplace systems and key institutions such as banking and health care. English Literacy/Civics applicants will need to complete applications that describe how their programs help individuals acquire the skills and knowledge to become active and informed parents, workers and community members.

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