Applications Available for Adult Education

February 21, 2008

     Charleston, W.Va._ The West Virginia Department of Education announces that applications for Adult Education program grants for FY 2009 are available under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 7, 2008.  Application forms and additional information are available on the West Virginia Adult Basic Education website under News and Announcements at or by calling 304-558-0280.


     A Technical Assistance Workshop for the application process will be available for viewing at  Applicants may view this presentation at their convenience after March 4, 2008. Telephone conference calls will be held to answer any questions about the application process. To register for a telephone conference call on one of the dates below, call Brenda McCarthy at              304-558-0280.


Telephone Conference Call                                                     Tuesday, March 11

Statewide                                                                                10:00 A.M.


Telephone Conference Call                                                     Tuesday, March 18

Statewide                                                                                2:00 P.M.                               


      Eligible providers may be a local educational agency; a community-based organization of demonstrated effectiveness; a volunteer literacy organization of demonstrated effectiveness; an institution of higher education; a public or nonprofit agency; a library; a public housing authority; a nonprofit institution that is not described in any of the items above and has the ability to provide literacy services to adults and families; and a consortium of the agencies, organizations, libraries or authorities described in any of the items above.


     The purpose of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act is to operate Adult Basic Education programs for adults 16 years of age or older who are not enrolled in school.  Adult Basic Education (ABE) activities assist adults to become literate and to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency. ABE activities also assist 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. 


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