Adult Education and Family Literacy Week 2018 was a Resounding Success!

 Left to Right: COABE Executive Director, Sharon Bonney; NASDAE Executive Director, Patricia Tyler; Kaye Sharbono, President: Scott Stump, Assistant Secretary; Reecie Stagnolia, NASDAE Chair, and Cheryl Keenan, OCTAE

Left to Right: COABE Executive Director, Sharon Bonney; NASDAE Executive Director, Patricia Tyler; Kaye Sharbono, President: Scott Stump, Assistant Secretary; Reecie Stagnolia, NASDAE Chair, and Cheryl Keenan, OCTAE

National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week was a resounding success! COABE leadership kicked off the week by meeting with new Assistant Secretary Stump for over an hour, discussing the field of adult education and ways that COABE, NASDAE, and OCTAE can address needs and issues in the field.

Later that evening, COABE's Ambassador Program, which was designed and developed by Regina Suitt, was honored with a Literacy Leadership Award by the National Coalition for Literacy.

The following day, seventy five visits were made to legislators by COABE members who were advocating for adult education. Because this is the first time in recent history that WIOA II received an increase, our members had the opportunity to thank legislators for valuing adult education. Legislative awards were given to Representative Foxx, Representative Bobby Scott, Senator Murphy, Senator Rubio, and Senator Roy Blunt for their leadership during the budget process. Many of the Capitol Hill participants posted pictures on the COABE App and social media which further raised the visibility of this important week!

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