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COABE is hiring a public policy consultant to begin services on April 15, 2015. Click here for the job description and here for the RFP.

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Here's a sneak peek at what to expect at the COABE 2015 National Conference in Denver, Colorado on April 21-24, 2015!

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Welcome aboard Oklahoma, COABE's newest large group member!

OCTAE Release of Making Skills Everyone's Business

The U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce the release of a new report, Making Skills Everyone's Business: A Call to Transform Adult Learning in the United States.

A broad range of people gave of their time and expertise to help crystallize the most important challenges and promising solutions to raising adult skills. As one of these individuals, your input has been invaluable.

Please assist us in spreading the news about this new report by forwarding this announcement to your colleagues and professional networks. Click here for more information.

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COABE Strategic Plan Update

Dear COABE Member,

As you know, COABE is moving forward with developing a new mission statement and a new, comprehensive strategic plan in order to meet the needs of our growing membership. COABE has grown exponentially since 2009, from 1,300 members to over 13,000.

Thanks to the input from many of our members in 2014, COABE now has a draft Strategic Plan to share with you. Please take a few minutes to review the draft planand share your feedback with us here by March 9, 2015. It's important that we hear from you so that the final plan fully addresses your needs and concerns.

Contact COABE at strategicplanning@coabe.org with questions. We look forward to hearing from you.


Jackie Taylor
COABE President


COABE Conference 2015 Update


Kaye Sharbono
Louisiana Delta
Community College
Don Finn, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Regent University
School of Education

Dear Adult Education Colleague,

The 2015 COABE conference is gearing up to be a great event and you don't want to miss out. We anticipate nearly 1,500 folks from across the country to share, network, and learn from the 24 preconference and over 300 concurrent workshop sessions. Our featured keynote presenters include motivational speaker, Carrie Stack, OCTAE Assistant Secretary Johan Uvin, Dr. Regina Lewis, and our Friday closing session speaker is Dr. Stephen Brookfield.

We have planned a number of events to highlight many of the great attractions in the Denver area. Join us on Tuesday evening for a relaxed time of light fare, beverages, and music at the "Rocky Mountain Hello" welcome reception. Wednesday evening's COABE President's Reception will take place at the History Colorado Museum where many of the exhibits will be open for viewing. Thursdays evening's off-site event "Rockin the Rockies" will feature a light dinner, a live band, and dancing at the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre. More event details are located here.

These events are very popular and are filling up fast! Reserve your ticket when you register or you can contact info@coabe.org to add on to your conference registration.

COABE has partnered with a local tour company to offer various tours of points of interest within and around Denver. Click here to view these off-site event opportunities.