February 19, 2020

Charleston, W.Va – The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) Office of Adult Education announces funding for Adult Education programs and Integrated English Language and Civics Education programs in accordance with the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) for fiscal year 2021 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021).

Funding will be granted for a five-year cycle. Application forms and guidance information are available on the WVDE’s Adult Education website at https://wvde.us/adult-education/ beginning February 21, 2020.  Applications will be accepted by mail or email.  Applications mailed must be postmarked by April 10, 2020, and applications emailed must be received by 4:00 PM on April 10, 2020, Eastern Time /1:00 PM Pacific Time /2:00 PM Mountain Time/3:00 PM Central Time.

The purpose of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is to provide adults with education opportunities to acquire and improve their literacy skills necessary to become self-sufficient and to participate effectively as productive workers, family members and citizens.

Eligible providers must be a local educational agency; community-based organization or faith-based organization; volunteer literacy organization; an institution of higher education; public or private nonprofit agency; library; public housing authority; nonprofit institution that is not previously described and has the ability to provide adult education and literacy activities to eligible individuals; consortium or coalition of the agencies, organizations, institutions or libraries as described above; or a partnership between an employer and an entity described in any of the items above.

A technical assistance webinar will be held on March 11, 2020, for potential applicants to have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the application. Questions may also be submitted to AskAE.wvde@k12.wv.us. All questions and responses will be available in the FAQ section on the website.

For media inquiries, contact Special Assistant to the State Superintendent Dr. Carla Warren at Carla.Warren@k12.wv.us or 304-558-2699.