PCC Adult Basic Education’s WIOA grant application was successfully submitted to the Arizona Department of Education at the end of February. The grant is now going through a review process that includes screening for demonstrated effectiveness, review and feedback from the local Workforce Investment Board, and evaluation by the Arizona Department of Education – Adult Education Services Division. Notification to successful grantees will be made in May.
As we wait to hear from the ADE, it is essential that the entire Adult Basic Education team prepare for implementation of all aspects of the grant. The instruction and services laid out in our grant application are based on the high quality instruction and services we offer, with some additions and changes that will allow us to strengthen our collaborations and programming to continue to improve our services to students, in alignment with WIOA.
As we look at the ways in which we are “reaching for the stars” in improving programming, we must identify now what we need to do to prepare for full implementation in the new fiscal year. It is essential that every member of the Adult Basic Education team contribute to the conversation and planning for implementation. We would like to encourage all teachers and staff to become familiar with all parts of the grant application, above and beyond those parts they may have helped to write.
The entire grant application is below:
FY18 AZ Grant Application Package for PCC Adult Basic Education for College and Career
Below find the Request for Grant Applications:
Adult Education is excited to announce that its grant proposal to provide new ELAA infused Citizenship classes, has been funded by the U.S. Center for Immigration Services of the Department of Homeland Security. The purpose of the grant, written (and submitted) in collaboration with Refugee Focus is to assist Legal Permanent Residents (immigrants with a “green card”) in becoming citizens. The program will do this by teaching history, government and civics–all things necessary to pass the Citizenship test, while simultaneously teaching English. Using Citizenship curricula and other related materials, classes will work with students on all levels of English thus preparing them for the naturalization exam while also helping to improve their skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Once students have learned enough English and are well versed in Citizenship Education, they will be referred to our partners in the grant, Refugee Focus, who’s certified counselors will then assist the students with the naturalization process. While formerly charged with working solely with refugees, this grant will allow for Refugee Focus to now work with all immigrants.
The program will begin on October 1, 2014 and will go through September 30, 2015. Adult Education will receive approximately $50K per year and will work with a minimum of 200 students through at least four new classes, at least one of which will be on-site at the new downtown offices Refugee Focus.
For more information, contact Jim Lipson at 206-3550