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A major priority of the Governor’s Workforce Board is to raise the skill level of the existing and future workforce in Rhode Island. Some of the most pressing training needs are literacy, math, language and work readiness skills. Working closely with the state’s Administrator of Adult Basic Education and GED Programs, the board has provided $3.5 million in Fiscal Year 2012-2013 to support the multi-year Adult Education Initiative. Combined with federal funds from the Workforce Investment Act (Title II), state general revenue funds, and the Department of Human Services TANF grant, the total amount awarded to adult education service providers in 2012-2013 was more than $8.5 million.

In partnership with the Departments of Elementary and Secondary Education, Labor and Training, Corrections, Human Services, the Office of Higher Education, and other community partners, adult education programs not only provide instruction and preparation for the GED tests, but also provide reading, writing, and math instruction at all proficiency levels as well as English as a Second Language instruction and preparation for the U.S. Citizenship Exam.  Adult education programs also provide contextualized instruction that integrates literacy skills with specific occupations (such as healthcare, construction, food service and hospitality) and prepares adults with the skills needed to pursue further training, certificate programs, and postsecondary education.

Click here for a full list of adult education providers.

Click here to view the RI Dept. of Education map of Adult Education Programs by County.

Click here to view Students Enrolled in Adult Basic Education during 2013-2014, RI Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 2013-2014

Click here to read a report of Adult Education At a Glance 2013-2014



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