The Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) and new member organization, Oregon Adult Basic Skills, gave Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici the Champion of Adult Education Award on Tuesday, May 29th. The event was attended by local members of COABE, which includes Portland, Chemeketa, Clatsop, and Mt. Hood community colleges, who presented Bonamici with the Champion of Adult Education Award in front of adult basic education and English for speakers of other languages students at the Rock Creek Campus.
The organization honored the congresswoman for her work on the PARTNERS Act, which promotes registered apprenticeships and other work-based learning programs for small and medium-sized businesses within in-demand industry sectors. Along with the PROSPER Act (which prepares students through expanded access for careers and degree completion), adult basic education students are able to find pathways to living-wage jobs and degree completion.
In addition, the Congresswoman and U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt took the lead on a "Dear Colleague" letter to the appropriators that sought support for all Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act authorized programs. Please read the full press release HERE.