Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS)
September 4, 2012
On behalf of Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS), I want to thank you for your interest in providing adult basic education services to the Commonwealth's undereducated and limited English proficient adults. The Adult Basic Education (ABE) system has a long history of providing effective services that address the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's mission to provide each and every adult with opportunities to develop literacy skills needed to qualify for further education, job training for better employment, and to reach his/her full potential as a family member, productive worker and citizen.
In order to ensure that the tradition of providing exceptional services to adult learners continues, the Requests for Proposals in this application not only to build on past models and practices, but also to introduce new models and practices. All of these are based on current research and the collective wisdom and experience of the ABE system and its partners captured in Facing the Future: The Massachusetts Strategic Framework for Adult Basic Education .
Facing the Future guides the state's response to the needs of undereducated and limited English proficient adults in the context of three major public policy goals- the Commonwealth's education goals, its economic and workforce development goals and its goals for civic engagement and community strength.
A response to this Request for Proposals must address Community Adult Learning Center programming (Fund Code 340/345/359) in the Southern Berkshire and Metro Southwest regions, and optionally provide Career Pathways services (Fund Code 540/541) in the Central, Hampden and Berkshire regions. ACLS will support up to two programs in each region.
These Requests for Proposals and the accompanying Massachusetts Guidelines for Effective Adult Basic Education will enhance and expand the work that the ABE system has been successfully doing for many years and position both current and new providers to be able to take advantage of promising new opportunities.
With Literacy in Mind,
State Director of Adult Education