WEST CHESTER (June 11, 2018) –  State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that two local organizations – the Chester County OIC and the YWCA Tri-County Area – will receive almost $800,000 in total state funding for adult education and literacy programs.

The funds, which come through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Adult Education, are as follows:

  • $598,041 for the Chester County OIC.
  • $210,250 for the YWCA of Tri-County Area.

“These programs offer residents opportunities to obtain the career and life skills needed to seize economic and job opportunities,” Dinniman, who serves as Minority Chair of the Senate Education Committee, said. “It’s important that every citizen has the chance to be educated to their fullest potential.”

The purpose of the Adult Basic Education grants is to create a partnership among the federal government, states, and localities to provide, on a voluntary basis, adult education and literacy activities, in order to:

  • Assist adults to become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and economic self-sufficiency.
  • Assist adults who are parents or family members to obtain the education and skills that are necessary to becoming full partners in the educational development of their children and lead to sustainable improvements in the economic opportunities for their family.
  • Assist adults in attaining a secondary school diploma and in the transition to postsecondary education and training, including through career pathways.
  • Assist immigrants and other individuals who are English language learners in improving their reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension skills in English, improving their mathematics skills and acquiring an understanding of the American system of government, individual freedom, and the responsibilities of citizenship.

Eligible applicants for these grants include school districts, libraries, volunteer literacy organizations, public housing authorities, community colleges and public and private nonprofit agencies.

 

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