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Wolf Administration Awards $22 Million in Adult Education Grants

Harrisburg, PA - Today, the state Department of Education announced that 32 organizations across Pennsylvania have been selected for $22 million in federal and state funds to increase and improve services for adult learners and their families.

“Learning should be a lifetime endeavor; and by strengthening the collaboration between federal, state and local entities, we can ensure more Pennsylvanians of all ages have access to education and training programs that can help them find meaningful employment, improve the economic outlook for their families, and help them be better parents and community members,” Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said.

The Adult Basic Education Grant Program is aligned to the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Pennsylvania’s Adult and Family Literacy Education Act. Its purpose is to establish partnerships among the federal government, states, and local agencies to provide adult education and literacy activities, to:

• Assist adults in developing literacy and other skills necessary for employment and economic self-sufficiency.

• Assist adults who are parents or family members, to develop skills needed contribute in the educational development of their children and lead to sustainable improvement in the economic opportunities for their family.

• Assist adults in attaining a secondary school diploma and transition to postsecondary education and training, including through career pathways.

• Assist immigrants and other English language learners in improving reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension skills in English; in improving math skills; and understanding the American system of government, individual freedom, and the responsibilities of citizenship.

Among the recipients are school districts, intermediate units, community colleges, and public and private nonprofit agencies. The recipients were selected through a competitive grant process, and geographically dispersed across Pennsylvania to ensure services are available to residents throughout the state.

A list of the 2018 recipients is below.

Grant Recipient

Award Amount

Service Areas (counties)

Southwest Pennsylvania



Intermediate Unit 1

$ 1,022,205

Washington, Green, Westmoreland, Fayette

Literacy Pittsburgh

$ 2,000,324

Allegheny, Beaver

Northwest Pennsylvania



Butler County Community College

$ 639,188

Butler, Lawrence, Mercer

ARIN Intermediate Unit 28

$ 368,512

Armstrong, Indiana

Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5

$ 1,028,818

Erie, Crawford, Clarion, Venango, Forest, Warren

Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit 9

$ 448,000

Cameron, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter

Central Pennsylvania



Penn State Main Campus

$ 543,701

Clinton, Centre, Lycoming

Altoona Area School District

$ 432,590

Blair, Huntingdon, Fulton

Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12

$ 1,062,709

Adams, Franklin, York

Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit 16

$ 600,628

Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Union, Mifflin, Juniata

Central Intermediate Unit 10

$ 404,582

Centre, Clinton, Clearfield

Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies Inc

$ 238,150


Somerset County Technology Center

$ 345,386

Somerset, Bedford

Tri County OIC

$ 912,547

Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry

Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13

$ 1,304,486


Southeast Pennsylvania



District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund

$ 1,233,750


Temple University/ Main

$ 637,001


Community Learning Center

$ 738,498


Center for Literacy Inc

$ 1,350,379


Delaware County Literacy Council

$ 860,735


Pathways PA, Inc.

$ 235,000


VITA Education Services

$ 655,075


Norristown Area School District

$ 257,904


YWCA Tri-County Area

$ 201,250

Montgomery, Chester

Keystone Opportunity Center

$ 438,206


Chester Co OIC

$ 598,041


Reading Area Community College

$ 751,695


Northeast Pennsylvania



Luzerne County Community College

$ 788,405

Luzerne, Schuylkill

Northampton Community College/ Main

$ 768,170

Northampton, Monroe, Wayne, Pike

Lehigh Carbon Community College

$ 684,179

Lehigh, Carbon

Marywood University

$ 318,651


Bradford Co Action Inc

$ 208,826

Bradford, Susquehanna, Tioga

For more information about this grant or Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs please visit the Department of Education’s website at or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

MEDIA CONTACT: Nicole Reigelman - 717-783-9802

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