PROVIDENCE – Nineteen grants totaling $7 million have been issued by the R.I. Department of Education to provide adult education programming during the fiscal years 2023-2027 grant cycle, state officials have announced.
“Through these investments in adult education, we hope Rhode Islanders are reminded it is never too late to invest in yourself,” said Patti DiCenso, chairwoman of the R.I. Council on Elementary and Secondary Education. “I am deeply thankful for our partners, who have committed to changing the lives of our adult learners.”
The 19 grantees include 15 individual organizations:
- Blackstone Valley Community Action Program
- Community Care Alliance/Project LEARN
- Comprehensive Community Action Program
- Cranston Adult Education Programs
- East Bay Community Action Program
- Education Exchange
- Newport Community School/Aquidneck Island Adult Learning Center
- Pawtucket Adult Education Progreso Latino
- Rhode Island Regional Adult Learning/Mentor, Inc.
- Rhode Island Institute for Labor Studies and Research
- Providence Public Library/Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative Tri-County Community Action Agency
- Westbay Community Action, Inc.
Four collaborations between multiple organizations were also funded:
- Community College of Rhode Island, in partnership with R.I. Department of Corrections
- Crossroads Rhode Island, in partnership with Amos House
- Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, in partnership with the Center for Southeast Asians and Scalibrini Dukcevich Center
- Genesis Center, in partnership with New Bridges for Haitian Success and Refugee Dream Center
“This robust adult education network is key to ensuring an inclusive and equitable recovery for the state’s workforce post-pandemic,” said R.I. Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green. “We must continue to tear down barriers and remind Rhode Islanders it is never too late to learn. I look forward to hearing more success stories and building a stronger Rhode Island thanks to Adult Education.”
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