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Adult basic education programs are funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Adult Education, to provide a full range of instructional services that prepare Pennsylvanians looking to develop the basic skills necessary to participate fully in the education of their children, find and keep family-sustaining employment, or obtain a secondary school credential. The Division of Adult Education also monitors GED® testing in Pennsylvania, provides professional development for adult education and family literacy program administrators and teachers, and provides training for volunteer tutors of adult education.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education announces the grant recipients for funds to be awarded under Section 231 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, 20 USC § 9241, and under the Pennsylvania Adult and Family Literacy Education Act, 24 P.S. §§ 6402-6409 for adult and family literacy education programs in the Commonwealth. These awards include federal funds for integrated English literacy and civics education programs (EL/Civics) as authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010.

Activities to be conducted under these grants are to create partnerships among the Federal Government, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and local entities to provide, on a voluntary basis, adult education and family literacy services. The intent of adult education and family literacy services is to assist adults to become literate; to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency; to become full partners in the education and development of their children; and to complete their secondary school education.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education's (PDE) Division of Adult Education is informing the public that the competition for federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Title II, Section 231 funds and Pennsylvania Statutes Act 143 adult education and family literacy funds that had been proposed for the spring of 2014 has been cancelled. PDE has determined that a three-year cycle at the current time will place an undue strain on the program providers.  This is due to an extended period of time necessary to invest in implementing new programs as well as the resource intensive application process.  In order to best provide for continuity of services to adult basic and family literacy students, PDE will renew existing contracts for program year 2014-15.

Advisor Assignments

Advisors are responsible for overseeing all programming in the agencies located in the workforce investment areas assigned to them, including adult education, EL/Civics and family literacy. Therefore, all questions should be addressed to the assigned advisor.

 Luke Suereth

  • Berks County WIA
  • Bucks County WIA
  • Chester County WIA
  • Delaware County WIA
  • Lackawanna County WIA
  • Lancaster County WIA
  • Lehigh Valley WIA
  • Luzerne-Schuylkill Counties WIA
  • Montgomery County WIA
  • Northern Tier WIA
  • Philadelphia County WIA
  • South Central WIA

Mary Kay Peters

  • Central WIA
  • North Central WIA
  • Northwest WIA
  • Southern Alleghenies WIA
  • Southwest WIA
  • Three Rivers WIA
  • Tri-County WIA
  • West Central WIA
  • Westmoreland & Fayette WIA

Christine Houck

  • Statewide leadership Activities/Professional Development System Coordinator
  • PSU/ISAL
  • Stairways Behavioral Health
  • Tuscarora IU 11
  • GECAC

For additional information, please contact:

Division of Adult Education |
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Postsecondary and Adult Education
333 Market Street, 12th Fl | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717.787.5532
ra-able@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us