Adult education office earns additional $10,000

MADAWASKA, Maine — Madawaska’s Adult Education administrators recently learned the program has qualified for an additional $10,210 in federal funds based on its improved performance and student progress.

“This will allow us to increase academic instruction time offered throughout the year, upgrade technology for students, and purchase must-needed curriculum,” Madawaska Adult Education Director Stacey Cyr wrote in an email Monday, July 25.

Funding through the the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, which provides funding to adult education programs and other non-profits, had previously been based mainly on program size, according to Cyr.

New grant application procedures set forth in the Workforce Innovations and Opportunities Act now include performance measures and student progress.

“For some larger programs, losing $10,000 may not be a big deal; but to a small program, this money almost doubles our grant funds,” Cyr said.

The new funding will also enable the adult education office to provide additional instructional time to work on updated curriculum outlines and syllabi and perhaps some professional development offerings.

Classes and programming at adult education are aligned to the new common core standards and curriculum, and are designed to meet the educational and training needs of adults and out-of-school youth 16 years and older.

Initially, Madawaska was granted $15,879, a baseline for a small program size. Based on the performance measures over the past three years, the program was awarded the additional $10,210.

“In these times with continued budget cuts and necessary services only, this is definitely great news for our program – but especially for the students we serve,” Cyr said.

Madawaska Adult and Community Education is a member of the Maine Adult Education association and part of the Madawaska School Department. It is located at Madawaska Middle / High School. For information about classes, call 207-728-6314.

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