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Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS)

July 25, 2016 Integrated Education and Training Bidders' Conference Q&A

Q1:
Can an Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS) community college-based Adult Basic Education (ABE) program partner with a department within in its own community college on this grant?
A1:
Yes. For example, a community college-based ABE program could partner with a department within its own college for the training component of the program.

Q2:
Must students finish the training component of the program by August 31, 2017?
A2:
As long as students are co-enrolled in the ABE/ASE or ESOL program and education services are occurring concurrently with the training, then students do not have to complete certificate or other training programs by August 31, 2017. However, programs must ensure that training that is part of this IET continues to be free for enrolled students by leveraging other resources for that period of time.

Q3:
Can funds be requested to pay for occupational training?
A3:
Yes. ACLS encourages applicants to leverage funds for the training component of the program. If funds cannot be leveraged, programs can request funds from ACLS.

Q4:
Can programs currently receiving funding under fund code 359 apply for this grant?
A4:
Yes.

Q5:
What is the difference between fund codes 359 and 359a?
A5:
Programs under 359 provide EL Civics Education as awarded under this funding cycle (FY13-FY17). Fund code 359a was established for the Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IEL/CE) pilots. In the new Open and Competitive RFP, EL Civics programs will be replaced by IEL/CE and approximately $2 million in federal funds will be supporting these programs.

Fund code 359a corresponds to WIOA Section 243. Programs funded under Section 243 must be provided in combination with integrated education and training (IET) that is concurrent and contextualized with occupational skills training and civics education. These programs must be designed to "(1) prepare adults who are English language learners for, and place such adults in, unsubsidized employment in-demand industries and occupations that lead to economic self-sufficiency; and (2) integrate with the local workforce development system and its functions to carry out the activities of the program."

Q6:
Are there any current examples of IEL/CE programs?
A6:
Yes, the three pilots from the February 2016 IET RFP are IEL/CE: Asian American Civic Association, Cambridge Community Learning Center, and Holyoke Community College.

Q7:
Can ACLS post other IEL/CE resources?
A7:
In January, the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) released an IEL/CE Frequently Asked Questions document. In addition, OCTAE has also provided an English Language Acquisition fact sheet that includes a section on IEL/CE. This fact sheet also includes links to resources, including EL/Civics Online, which offers information on incorporating civics education content into curricula.

Q8:
In terms of participant eligibility, how do programs deal with individuals who may not have the paperwork to begin employment?
A8:
Programs should consult with employer partners on hiring requirements.

Q9:
Can programs serve students who possess high school credentials or their equivalents?
A9:
Yes. Students who possess a high school credential must assess at or below an 8.9 grade level equivalent (GLE) on a National Reporting System (NRS) approved assessment in reading, writing, or math in order to be eligible for services.

Q10:
What assessments can be used?
A10:
Only approved NRS assessments can be used.

Q11:
Are students from other countries eligible?
A11:
Yes, if those students are in need of English language instruction in reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension of the English language and/or have not achieved an equivalent level of education.

Q12:
"Letter from Director" is listed as a form under Required Forms. What is this?
A12:
"Letter from Director" under "Required Forms" should say "Letters of Support." Applicants are required to submit Letters of Support from all partnering employers, Chapter 74/Career Vocational Technical Education programs, postsecondary education, and/or training providers.

Q13:
Can TABE Clas E be used to assess ESOL students?
A13:
Yes.

Q14:
What is the line spacing for the RFP?
A14:
Single spacing.

Q15:
Do programs include the text of the questions in the narrative responses?
A15:
No, programs only need to include the question numbers.

Q16:
On what budget line should requested funds for partnering agencies appear?
A16:
Line 5, Contractual Services.

Q17:
Do programs submit budgets from subcontractors?
A17:
Subcontractor budgets do not need to be submitted with the proposal. Grant recipients will be required to submit copies of any sub-grants or subcontracts that include each sub-recipient to ACLS prior to receiving funds under this grant as stipulated in the Statement of Assurances.

Q18:
Can a program propose adding a training component to a pre-existing contextualized ABE class?
A18:
Yes. The training class would need to be integrated with the education class.

Q19:
Could a program offer Adult Career Pathways (ACP) for one semester and the training component of an IET the next?
A19:
No. ACP and IET are two different programs with different requirements.

Q20:
Is this pilot going to be a part of the upcoming FY18 ABE Open and Competitive RFP?
A20:
No, this pilot is for FY17. There will be a separate IET RFP for FY18. IET is a required activity under WIOA.

Q21:
Do programs need to have employer partners in place before applying?
A21:
Employers are required partners under this RFP.

Q22:
Is ACLS looking for employment outcomes?
A22:
Programs are asked to propose employment outcomes.

Q23:
Does ACLS publish labor market information? Where can programs get information about high-demand industries?
A23:
The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development publishes statewide labor market information. Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs) publish regional labor market data. Programs should consult with local workforce partners and One-Stop Career Centers on regional high-demand industries.

Q24:
Can a program offer a training component after an education component?
A24:
No, the education and training components have to be concurrent. They cannot be sequential.

Q25:
Could an incumbent worker training model be proposed for this RFP?
A25:
No, incumbent worker, or workplace education, is a separate grant with different requirements.

Q26:
Could an early childcare worker training program be proposed?
A26:
Yes.

Q27:
What is the target population for fund code 686?
A27:
ABE students.

Q28:
Is civics education a required activity under IEL/CE?
A28:
Yes.

Q29:
Are programs required to guarantee employment?
A29:
No, programs are asked to propose employment outcomes.

Q30:
If two proposals are submitted, must two budgets also be submitted?
A30:
All required forms must be included for each proposal submission.



Last Updated: August 1, 2016
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