Program Overview

The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) recognizes that today’s workplace presents numerous opportunities and challenges for adults in West Virginia. Employers need workers with strong basic skills and an ability to adapt to change. Today’s families are faced with multiple responsibilities as they address their children’s educational needs as well as their own. Special populations, such as the homeless and incarcerated, must deal with additional challenges in order to lead safe and productive lives.

To effectively serve the foundational learning needs of these diverse groups, a learning system that is flexible and responsive is necessary.

The WV Adult education programs build skills for success by providing adults with the opportunity to acquire and improve functional skills necessary to enhance the quality of their lives as workers, family members, and citizens. These programs play an important role in fostering productive employment, effective citizenship, personal and family growth, self-esteem, and dignity for adult learners.

Individuals eligible to receive services must be at least 16 years of age and not enrolled or required to be enrolled in secondary school under State law. Additionally, an eligible individual must meet at least one of the following criteria: 1) be basic skills deficient, 2) not have a high school diploma or its equivalent, or 3) be an English language learner.

Educational services are available at no cost to adult learners and are designed to meet the educational needs of each individual. Certified adult education instructors provide instruction.

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WVAdultEd Hotline Number 1-800-642-2670

Specialized Adult Education Programs

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA)

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) seeks to improve coordination between the primary federal programs that support employment services, workforce development, adult education, and vocational rehabilitation activities. The core programs are:

  • Title I:  Adult and Dislocated Worker programs and Youth Programs
    • Administered in our state by WorkForce West Virginia
  • Title II: Adult Education and Family Literacy Act programs
    • Administered in our state by the Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development at the WV Department of Education
  • Title III: Wagner-Peyser/Employment Service Act programs
    • Administered in our state by WorkForce West Virginia
  • Title IV: Vocational Rehabilitation program
    • Administered in our state by the WV Division of Rehabilitation Services (WVDRS)
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