Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS)
Letter from Acting State Director for Adult Basic Education Jolanta Conway
April 3, 2014
On behalf of Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS), I want to thank you for your interest in providing Adult Career Pathways services to the Commonwealth's undereducated 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 postsecondary education, certificate programs for better employment, and to reach his/her full potential as a family member, productive worker and citizen.
In 2010, ESE released Facing the Future: The Massachusetts Strategic Framework for Adult Basic Education , which was the culmination of years of research, collective wisdom, and the experience of many adult educators across the state.
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. The three goals of Facing the Future are as follows:
- Ensure that adults needing basic education have access to services
- Increase system effectiveness and quality of the ABE system
- Prepare students for success in their next steps: in college and further training, at work, and in the community
The priorities of the Adult Career Pathways grant program directly address the third goal of helping to prepare adult students for success by assisting students in acquiring the academic skills and career information necessary to gain access to a career pathway or to pursue postsecondary education.
Support for the Adult Career Pathways programs underscores ACLS's commitment to build bridges between the Adult Basic Education and Workforce systems.
The Department awards Adult Career Pathways funding through collaboration with its regional workforce partners. Funding priorities were determined in consultation with regional workforce partners and are specific to each workforce region. Each Community Adult Learning Center responding to this RFP (Fund Code 541) must address the workforce regional priorities listed for that region in this RFP.
Acting State ABE Director