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Adult Education and Literacy Act of 2014

Adult Workforce Partnership Initiative

Governor Hickenlooper signed the Adult Education and Literacy Act of 2014 on June 5, 2014, creating the Adult Workforce Partnership Initiative to be administered by the Colorado Department of Education.

The Adult Workforce Partnership Initiative provides state funds through the Adult Education and Literacy Grant Program to adult education and literacy programs that offer basic literacy and numeracy skills programs and partner as a member of a workforce development partnership that extends education and services to enable students to achieve a postsecondary credential and employment. The intent of the grant is to support partnering agencies in providing additional education to enable students to achieve a postsecondary credential and employment after they attain basic skills. A Request for Applications was issued on September 23, 2014 and closed on November 6, 2014. A second rulemaking hearing was held at the November board meeting; the board approved the final rules at the December board meeting. (Audio records of board meetings are available on the State Board Audio Archive.)

Adult Education and Literacy Grant Program Evaluation Report

In January of 2017, the Evaluation Report to the Colorado Legislature for the Adult Education and Literacy Grant Program was submitted. The report covered an award period from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. The report outlines how unique needs are addressed, progress on on adult learner participation, collaborative partnerships, key sustainability strategies, and the work of the Adult Workforce Development Partnerships Advisory Board.

Adult Workforce Development Partnerships Advisory Committee

The Adult Workforce Development Partnership Advisory Committee comprises representatives from the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE), Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE), Colorado Community College System (CCCS), local education providers, postsecondary education and training providers, workforce development providers, and advocacy organizations.

The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to provide guidance on:

  • Communication and collaboration among Colorado's adult education and literacy programs; postsecondary education and training programs; and workforce development programs
  • Colorado's workforce development needs, and the levels of unmet need for adult education including identifying areas of the state with significant unmet adult education needs

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Adult Career Pathways

A career pathway is a series of connected education and training programs, work experiences, and student support services that enable individuals to secure a job or advance in a demand industry or occupation. The Adult Education Department within the Colorado Department of Education is connecting to this work by engaging with sector partnerships, and supporting the growth of robust adult education programs that are connected to industry needs.

For more information contact: Jennifer Jirous-Rapp, State Programs and Pathways Manager,, 303-866-4812

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