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Join us for the virtual COABE Capitol Hill Event that is taking place during Adult Education and Family Literacy Week! September 20-26, 2020 Talk to your legislator to help move the needle for funding for Adult Education at the local, state, and federal levels. At a time when funding is so critically needed, we need...
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If you are holding a state conference and your state is a current member of COABE, you can access a list of our top, national level, expert presenters, Additionally, COABE can support your state conference with a door prize, a short presentation by our leadership, and/or by bringing greetings to your board of directors. Please...
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Timothy W. Lawrence, Executive Director Emeritus, SkillsUSA, worked in the manufacturing industry and graduated Magna Cum Laude from James Madison University. Mr. Lawrence became an industrial education teacher in 1978 and was National Teacher of the Year in 1983. In 1987, he joined the Virginia Department of Education. In 1996 Lawrence became SkillsUSA Partnerships Director...
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Cathleen Cody, EdD, has been an adult educator for 22 years. She started working part-time at Middletown Adult Education shortly after her first daughter was born and has never left. She teaches English full-time in the Credit Diploma Program. Dr. Cody lives in Connecticut with her husband and a revolving door of college-aged daughters who move...
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Paul J. Jurmo, EdD, is an experienced educator focusing on basic skills for development in the U.S. and developing countries. He has played multiple roles (researcher, evaluator, administrator, curriculum and professional developer, and advocate) while developing systems that integrate basic education with workforce and community development, health, environmental sustainability, prisoner reentry, and other forms of...
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Anson Green is an adult education, workforce, and community college trailblazer. His passion is deploying innovative services for low-skilled Texans to meet their life ambitions. He loves challenging legacy perspectives and developing pioneering solutions. Mr. Green led the transformation of the over $80 million Texas adult education program into a workforce solution for dropouts and immigrants...
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Low-skilled adults are:  • 2x more likely to be unemployed;  • 3x more likely to be in poverty;  • 4x more likely to be in poor health; and • 8x more likely to be incarcerated.Educating adults creates stronger communities. Higher education levels are correlated with lower rates of chronic diseases like diabetes and asthma. A...
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By Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, Jessica CardottThe Covid-19 pandemic may still be causing adult educators to maintain a safe social distance, but hundreds of them nevertheless have made their voices heard on Capitol Hill. Nearly 600 educators from across the country registered for a recent virtual forum co-hosted by National Skills Coalition, the National Coalition for Literacy...
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28 million adults in the US lack the basic digital skills that they need to use a computer, yet most are using computers every day on the job. We must invest in digital literacy to ensure a competitive workforce. Most federally funded adult education programs provide digital literacy services while providing literacy, numeracy, citizenship, and...
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The COABE Google Initiative provides leadership and support to local programs and trainers. Submit an application today!
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