Success Files to Feature Educate & Elevate
With Host & Actor Rob Lowe


Educate & Elevate will be highlighted in "Success Files," an award-winning program that highlights new stories and innovative concepts through groundbreaking documentary presentations. The program airs on PBS and is hosted by actor Rob Lowe.

The Educate & Elevate campaign story will be featured in a short, six-minute documentary about the power and relevancy of adult education and is anticipated to reach 148 million viewers.

Here's a sneak peek into some of the documentary's storylines:

  • Dr. Lorraine Morales serves as the president of Pima Community College, but before achieving this status she was a single mother who had dropped out of school. She earned her GED® certificate through adult school classes and continued her studies to earn a doctorate.
  • Dr. Richard Carmona grew up on the streets of the Bronx, was homeless at one point, and then dropped out of school to serve in the Army. While in the Army, he earned his GED® credential and two Purple Hearts. He was tapped by President George W. Bush for the position of 17th surgeon general and was the only surgeon general to ever be unanimously confirmed by the Senate.

There are so many amazing stories about the power of adult education, and "Success Files" will be sure to inspire audiences and stimulate conversations across the nation. Stay tuned for air dates.


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COABE/NCSDAE Legislative Alert


We wish to extend a heart felt "thank you" to so many in our field who used our "3 click" software to rack up an impressive 67,000+ contacts to legislators through our Educate and Elevate campaign. At a time when extreme cuts were looming, our field pulled together and made a difference.

Thanks in large part to your hard work reaching out, not only was adult education not cut, but it was given a $35 million dollar increase in the FY 2018 omnibus bill (see chart here) over what we were given last year. This marks the first increase we have seen in a single year to AEFLA in a long time. Your voice is important! When you contact your legislator, you are making a difference.

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Become an Adult Learner Member


Adult learners have an amazing story to tell! We want legislators, funders, and the general public to hear about your successes and your journey. When you join COABE, you amplify our voice from 55,000 practitioners to include the 1.5 million adult learners in the adult education system. Sign up today to reap the benefits of membership.


  • Receive membership updates
  • Post to the COABE App
  • Send a message to the president and their legislators


  • Receive membership updates
  • Post to the COABE App
  • Send a message to the president and their legislators
  • Opportunity to participate in 2-year term life initiative for free (no cost the first 2 years)
  • Opportunity to be considered for our Adult Learner of the Year award; the winner receives $10,000

We Need Your Help


On February 9, President Trump signed a Continuing Resolution that includes significant increases in Non-defense Discretionary spending and offers the opportunity to increase funding for Adult Education, among other programs. Now, each Appropriations Committee must decide how to allocate its new funds. We believe that this is a unique opportunity to increase funding for Adult Education by $100 million (a roughly 17 percent increase) from about $582 million to about $682 million.

Please click HERE to write or to call your member of Congress in support of $100 million more for Adult Education. Three quick clicks is all it takes to raise your hand for Adult Education!

COABE Membership Update: March 2018

Stay up to date with what is happening with COABE by reading the March issue of the COABE membership update.

Educate & Elevate eNews

Read the Educate & Elevate eNews. In this issue learn how to contact your legislator with 3 easy clicks, find out how Indiana and Pennsylvania organize statewide campaigns using COABE's 3 Quick Click Tool, read about COABE's Adult Learner Member Option, plan to attend a dedicated session titled "Advocacy: Building a Network that Engages Community, Staff, and Students" at the 2018 COABE National Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, and much more!

Educate & Elevate Success Stories


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