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Adult basic education
programs funded by the Pennsylvania Department of
Education, Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education,
provide a full range of instructional services that address
the basic educational needs of adults and families.
has a wide assortment of institutions serving
postsecondary/higher education. Adult basic and literacy
education services address the basic educational
needs of 56,000 individuals and families, helping adults
meet their needs and goals in their roles as citizens,
workers, and family members.
Materials and Providers
Pennsylvania Workforce Improvement Network (PA WIN) helps
adult basic education providers develop a centralized,
market-driven system of services for employers and incumbent
workers. PA WIN develops and expands the ability of adult
basic education and training providers to provide
high quality workplace foundation skills training and education
Pennsylvania's Adult Basic
and Literacy Education practitioners can access the latest
research, program innovations, and instructional resources
through the AdvancE State Literacy Resource Center. The
Center, located in the Pennsylvania Department of Education, is
a free service available to all adult educators in the
The Institute for the
Study of Adult Literacy at The Pennsylvania State
University is a part of the College of Education. The
University also conducts educational research and takes part
in outreach projects.
GED tests allow people
to use knowledge they acquire from first-hand observation,
experience, reading, self- directed study, conversations,
informal discussions and just living with problems, ideas and
other people. By passing them, individuals can earn the
Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma, issued by the Department
Literacy Corps of the Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy
Education establishes collaborative partnerships between
higher education institutions and providers of adult basic
and literacy education. College students as tutors
help to overcome the illiteracy problem in the Commonwealth.
The Bureau of
Career and Technical Education (Pennsylvania) provides
vocational-technical education programs and services to
youth and adults.
Partners, funded by the State of Pennsylvania, provides
training for individuals in the Pennsylvania workforce
Chamber of Business and Industry gives employers and
their management teams wide-ranging access and comprehensive
expertise on virtually any business-related topic or regulatory
issue. The PA Chamber Educational Foundation
offers a wide range of business training opportunities.
The Center for
Workforce Information and Analysis provides various
types of labor market information including statistics on
metropolitan areas as well as smaller labor market areas within
Pennsylvania's Office of
Postsecondary and Higher Education provides information on
the state's education programs, colleges and universities,
financial aid assistance programs and services, grants, loans,
scholarships, continuing education programs, and career
Skills Framework for Building Pennsylvania's Workforce
provides a common language and understanding of the new basic-or
foundation-skills needs of Pennsylvania's workforce. Tools and
materials based on the framework will help employers provide
basic skills education and training to employees.
A report on Health
Literacy, by the Pennsylvania Adult Basic and Literacy
Education Interagency Coordinating Council, looks at the
readability of health education materials, communication between
patients and health-care providers, and other issues that may
affect how health literacy impacts the workplace.
The Bureau of Adult Basic and
Literacy Education's Distance Learning Project
provides professional development and technical support for
distance learning programs in adult basic and literacy
education. Training for instructors includes use of technology
and various curricula, create a "virtual classroom"
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Last updated: February 21, 2003.