PHOENIX – The Arizona State Board of Education earlier this week approved $500,000 in Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act funding provided by Governor Doug Ducey to reduce the waitlist for adult education classes. Adult education classes give students of all ages the opportunity to earn their high school degree or equivalent, as well as move onto postsecondary education or further career endeavors. The funding will go toward the rest of Fiscal Year 2019-2020.
“Arizona is committed to ensuring everyone has the opportunity to get an education and take their next steps to a bright and fulfilling future,” said Governor Ducey. “This investment will decrease the waitlist for adult education and get more students in classrooms across Arizona. I’m proud to work with Superintendent Hoffman and education leaders throughout the state to help more Arizonans attain their education goals.”
“This funding approved by the Board is wonderful news for Arizona’s adult students,” said Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman. “These students will have the opportunity to get the education they deserve and use it for postsecondary and career goals as they move forward.”
Encouraging participation in adult education courses aligns with Arizona’s Achieve60AZ goal of 60 percent of adult Arizonans holding a degree, certificate or license by 2030. Increasing postsecondary education attainment will help Arizonans secure fulfilling jobs, attract businesses and help Arizona companies thrive.
The funding will be provided to the following local providers of adult education:
Community Colleges - Cochise County, $25,000
Literacy Volunteers Of Maricopa County, $45,000
Pima Community College, $165,000
Queen Creek Unified District, $20,000
Rio Salado, $185,000
Santa Cruz County Continuing Education, $20,000
Somerton Elementary District, $15,000
Yavapai College, $25,000