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 is taking place on April 26th! New this year, we will be inviting each association to bring an adult learner with them. Adult learners are welcome to apply for funding support via our Adult Learner Scholarship Application. We will be awarding ten $1,000 scholarships by March 26th. Please feel free to forward the scholarship application (HERE) to adult learners that would be interested 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. 


If you have not done so yet, please REGISTER TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT at this event! You must click here to officially register for the COABE Capitol Hill Day. This is a very important first step in the process.

Please be sure to make your flight reservations to arrive by 4:00 p.m. on 4/25 and depart after 6:00 p.m. on 4/26. Please send your arrival/departure information to once your flight reservation has been made. 

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

The hotel where we will be staying is the
Fairfield Inn, 6421 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA 22036.

COABE will make your hotel reservations for you and the designated adult learner based on the arrival/departure information that is sent to us. Please send your flight reservation to, and Christine will send you your hotel confirmation information in early April. 

As you prepare for Capitol Hill Day, please gather student success stories, letters, and/or videos that can be sent to your legislator prior to the Capitol Hill visit. Legislators also appreciate solid quantitative data, so if you have access to that information, that would be helpful as well. 

View the preparatory webinar below. This will ensure you have the tools you need before reaching Washington, D.C.

If you have any questions at all, please contact

We look forward to seeing you in April!



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 our upcoming 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