Our Capitol Hill Day was a wonderful success with over 80 visits made to legislators and their staffers. Our joint public awareness campaign, Educate and Elevate was our mantra, and feedback from Capitol Hill Participants has been extremely positive. The last meeting of the day was with Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education. Leaders from COABE invited the state director's leadership to join them for this important meeting. The meeting lasted over an hour, during which time the Secretary expressed her commitment to adult education while COABE and state director leadership shared important points relative to quality, endurance, integrated education and more. To review the press release from this meeting, click here

Capitol Hill Day Photos


Capitol Hill Day Testimonials

I want to thank you again for the opportunity to attend the COABE Capitol Hill Day. I cannot express how much going there and meeting such wonderful and impactful educators means to me and my future.

Going to D.C. and advocating for adult education was an amazing experience.
I left with wanting so much more for my future than I went there with, which is saying quite a lot given all of the motivation I had before attending.

I want to be more involved with COABE and AALL not just as a student, but as a future adult educator. If there are any educational opportunities for me once
I become a member, I would love to know more about them and what ways
I can be involved.

Again, thank you.

Take care,

—Heather Ashman

Capitol Hill Day Social Media Posts

Sharon Bonney Executive Director

Sharon Bonney
Executive Director

Christine Heinrich Project Coordinator

Christine Heinrich
Project Coordinator

Polly Smith Public Policy Chair

Polly Smith
Public Policy Chair

Dear Colleagues,
Our Capitol Hill Day took place on April 26th! ed in participating in our Capitol Hill Day. 

Additionally, with special thanks to ETS HiSET® one trip ticket per association has been paid, as well as all related travel and meal costs. 

You may submit a request for reimbursement for your flight expenses immediately via the expense form (link coming soon). All requests for reimbursement must be accompanied by receipts. You may send receipts in the following ways:

Fax: 866-941-5129
Mail: COABE, P.O. Box 620, Syracuse, NY 13206

If you have any questions at all, please contact



What You Need to Know To Make Your Capitol HIll Day a Success

COABE Capitol Hill Day generously sponsored by ETS HiSET

Adult Learner Scholarship Award Winners

The following adult learners were selected to receive $1,000 scholarships to attend Capitol Hill Day on 4/26. 

  • Margo Hudson, OH
  • Kecha Richardson, KY
  • Alan Chretien, ME
  • Heather Ashman, AZ
  • Kimberly Lee, LA

Capitol Hill Day
Giving a Voice to Adult Education Students

Capitol Hill Day
Bringing Advocacy to Capitol Hill

Pictures From Capitol Hill Day

Capitol Hill Day Social Media Posts

@COABENEWS team invades DC to advocate for #AdultEdu on #CapitolHillDay. Download our app and join the discussion.

Capitol Hill Day was a Great Chance to Meet our Leaders