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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 96-10


Availability of Adult Education Act Section 322 Funds for Adult Basic Education Including English as a Second Language and Adult Secondary Education Programs for Program Year 1996-97

[26 Pa.B. 34]

   The Adult Education Act as amended by the National Literacy Act of 1991 provides funds to local agencies through the Department of Education for the establishment of adult education programs that will:

   1.  enable all adults to acquire basic educational skills necessary for literate functioning;

   2.  provide these adults with sufficient basic education to enable them to benefit from job training and retraining programs in order to obtain and retain productive employment so that they might more fully enjoy the benefits and responsibilities of citizenship; and

   3.  enable adults who so desire to continue their education to at least the level of completion of secondary school.

   Eligible applicants include local education agencies and public or private nonprofit agencies, organizations and institutions. A for-profit agency is eligible to participate in the program only if it is part of a consortium with a local education agency or other eligible sponsor, with the nonprofit agency acting as fiscal agent. A for-profit organization must also have the capability and capacity to augment the adult education services of such a consortium significantly.

   Consistent with the purpose of the Adult Education Act for Program Year 1996-97, the Department of Education will give primary consideration to programs for the educationally disadvantaged.

   Since the funding level for the Commonwealth will be the same or less as the previous program year, priority for funding will be given to applicants for the continuation of existing programs that have demonstrated an ability to produce results consistent with the objectives of the Adult Education Act.

   The Federal share of a grant will be 75% of the total cost of the program. The applicant must provide 25% match of the total cost of the program. The local match may be in kind. Other Federal funds may not be used for the local match unless specifically identified as eligible for use as matching funds.

   Restrictions placed upon the Department of Education by the United States Department of Education on the administration of the grant include:

   1.  Not more than 20% of the Federal grant to the State Department of Education may be used for programs of equivalency for a certificate of graduation from a secondary school.

   2.  Not less than 10% of the State's allotment must be used for adult education for institutionalized adults.

   3.  Not more than 5% of a local applicant's grant may be used for administrative costs, unless a higher percent is approved in advance by the Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education, Department of Education.

   Application Guidelines will be mailed to current adult basic education providers in mid-January. Others desiring additional information or Application Guidelines may obtain them after January 8, 1996, by written request to Chief, Regional Programs Division, Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education, Department of Education, 333 Market Street, 12th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333.

   All potential applicants are urged to attend one of the following combined proposal development workshops for Federal Adult Education Act, Section 322, and State Adult Literacy Program, Act 143 of 1986. In order to ensure timely administration and processing of applications, both the grant writer and the fiscal person should attend the workshop.

Section 322/Act 143 Administrative Workshops

January 30, 1996
10 a.m.
Saegertown High School (located just behind the elementary school) Administration Rooms (Saegertown exit off I-79, Rte 198, on right--East)
January 31, 1996
10 a.m.
Bidwell Training Center
1815 Metropolitan Street
February 1, 1996
9:30 a.m.
Altoona Area High School Board
Rm. B-229 (2nd Floor) B Building
6th Avenue and 15th Street
February 6, 1996
10 a.m.
Harrisburg Area Community College
One HACC Drive
Alumni Lounge (Cooper 204)
February 7, 1996
10 a.m.
Marywood College
2300 Adams Street
Nazareth Hall Student Center
Crystal Room
February 8, 1996
10 a.m.
Community College of Philadelphia
(Near 17th and Spring Garden across from Bonnell Building)
Winet Student Life Center
(Parking available in garage adjacent to Winet Building)
February 9, 1996
10 a.m.
Cabrini College
610 King of Prussia Road
Widener Center--Lecture Hall

All completed Section 322 applications are due in Harrisburg on or before 5 p.m., March 29, 1996.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 96-10. Filed for public inspection January 5, 1996, 9:00 a.m.]

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