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									  WVABE Instructor Handbook
WVABE Instructor Handbook
2012-13



            Section 1

  West Virginia Adult Basic
  Education: Programs and
         Resources




                                     Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program
                   Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development
                                   West Virginia Department of Education
The West Virginia Adult Basic Education (WVABE) Program is funded by the Adult
Education and Family Literacy Act, enacted August 7, 1998 as Title II of the Workforce
Investment Act of 1998.

WVABE is administered through the West Virginia Department of Education, Office of
Adult Education and Workforce Development, Building 6, Room 230, 1900 Kanawha
Boulevard, East, Charleston, West Virginia 25305-0330.

The WVABE Instructor Handbook is produced by the WVABE Professional Development
Program, whose fiscal agent is the Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) 3, 501
22nd Street, Dunbar, West Virginia 25064-1711.

For questions or concerns related to the content of the WVABE Instructor
Handbook, contact Cathy Shank at the WV Adult Education Hotline, 1-800-642-2670,
or via e-mail at cshank@access.k12.wv.us.




RESA 3 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability,
or any other characteristic protected by law in access to, employment in, or provision of any of
RESA 3’s programs, benefits, or activities.
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        West Virginia Adult Basic Education: Programs and Resources

PROGRAM OVERVIEW ........................................................................................................... 1
     FEDERAL ROLE ............................................................................................................................... 1
     STATE ROLE .................................................................................................................................. 2
     COUNTY/LOCAL ROLE ..................................................................................................................... 2
WEST VIRGINIA ADULT BASIC EDUCATION PROGRAM ............................................................ 3
     OUR VISION .................................................................................................................................. 3
     OUR MISSION ............................................................................................................................... 3
     OUR CORE VALUES ......................................................................................................................... 4
     OUR GOALS .................................................................................................................................. 5
COMPONENTS OF THE WEST VIRGINIA ADULT BASIC EDUCATION (WVABE) PROGRAM .......... 6
     WHAT IS ADULT BASIC EDUCATION (ABE)? ........................................................................................ 6
     WHAT ARE THE TARGET POPULATIONS SERVED BY WVABE? .................................................................. 6
     WHAT DOES THE WVABE PROGRAM INCLUDE? ................................................................................... 6
     WHAT SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS ARE A PART OF WVABE? ...................................................................... 7
     WHERE ARE WVABE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES LOCATED?.................................................................... 9
     WHAT IS THE MEANING OF ALL THESE ACRONYMS? ............................................................................... 9
PARTNERS IN ADULT EDUCATION, LITERACY, AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT IN WEST
VIRGINIA ............................................................................................................................. 10
     THE OFFICE OF ADULT EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT .................................................... 10
     THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN RESOURCES (DHHR) BUREAU FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES..... 10
     LITERACY WEST VIRGINIA .............................................................................................................. 11
     WEST VIRGINIA ADULT EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (WVAEA), INC. ....................................................... 12
     WEST VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (WVDE) ...................................................................... 13
     WEST VIRGINIA DIVISION OF REHABILITATIVE SERVICES (DRS).............................................................. 15
     WEST VIRGINIA LIBRARY COMMISSION ............................................................................................. 15
     WEST VIRGINIA COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGES ..................................................................... 16
     WORKFORCE WEST VIRGINIA CAREER CENTERS ................................................................................. 16
WVABE SUPPORT SERVICES ................................................................................................. 18
APPENDIX............................................................................................................................ 25
          COMMONLY USED ACRONYMS ................................................................................................. 27
   ADULT BASIC EDUCATION STAFF ............................................................................................... 29
   REGIONAL ADULT EDUCATION COORDINATORS ............................................................................ 33
RESOURCES FOR THE ADULT EDUCATOR ........................................................................................... 35
   NATIONAL AND STATE SPECIAL NEEDS HOTLINE DIRECTORY ........................................................... 37
   COLLEGE RESOURCES .............................................................................................................. 38
   HEALTH SERVICES RESOURCES .................................................................................................. 39
   HEARING RESOURCES .............................................................................................................. 39
   LEGAL INFORMATION .............................................................................................................. 40
   REGIONAL FAMILY RESOURCE NETWORKS ................................................................................... 41
   VISION RESOURCES ................................................................................................................. 41
PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) recognizes that today's workplace
presents numerous opportunities and challenges for adults in West Virginia. Employers
need workers with strong basic skills and an ability to adapt to change. Today's families
are faced with multiple responsibilities as they address their children's educational
needs, as well as their own. Special populations, such as the homeless and
incarcerated, must deal with additional challenges in order to lead safe and productive
lives.

To effectively serve the foundational learning needs of these diverse groups, a learning
system that is flexible and responsive is necessary. The West Virginia Adult Basic
Education (WVABE) program has developed such a system for adult learners.

WVABE programs build skills for success by providing adults with the opportunity to
acquire and improve functional skills necessary to enhance the quality of their lives as
workers, family members, and citizens. These programs play an important role in
fostering productive employment, effective citizenship, personal and family growth, self-
esteem, and dignity for adult learners.

Educational services are available at no cost to adult learners and are designed to meet
the educational needs of each individual. Certified adult education instructors provide
instruction.

Federal Role

The Adult Education and Family Literacy Act is Title II of the Workforce Investment Act
(WIA) of 1998. It provides the framework for the establishment of the Adult Basic
Education (ABE) program. The federal Division of Adult Education and Literacy (DAEL)
provides grants to states to fund adult education and literacy services, including
workplace literacy services; family literacy services; English literacy programs and
integrated English literacy-civics education programs. Participation in these programs is
limited to adults and out-of-school youths age 16 and older who are not enrolled or
required to be enrolled in secondary school under state law.

The amount of funding each state receives is based on a formula established by
Congress. States, in turn, distribute funds to local eligible entities to provide adult
education and literacy services. In West Virginia, the West Virginia Department of
Education (WVDE) distributes these federal funds to local programs.

The National Reporting System (NRS) is the accountability system mandated by WIA.
The NRS includes student measures to describe adult education students, program
participation and assessment of the impact of adult education instruction,
methodologies for collecting the measures, reporting forms and procedures, and
training and technical assistance activities to assist states in collecting the measures.


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States are required to report data to the NRS, to meet performance standards for
student outcome measures, and to assess local program effectiveness using these
standards.

State Role

The West Virginia State Legislature also provides funding to support WVABE. Both
federal and state WVABE funds are administered in accordance with an approved five-
year state plan through the WVDE Office of Adult Education and Workforce
Development. Funding is distributed to local programs through an annual competitive
grant process.

The WVABE state and regional staff based at WVDE and at Regional Education
Service Agencies (RESAs) provide technical assistance to local programs in the areas
of program administration; instructor training; student retention; delivery systems;
assessment, curriculum; disabilities and other special learning needs; English as a
Second Language (ESL); technology; GED® testing; evaluation and monitoring; and
other associated issues.

County/Local Role

Many WVABE local programs are operated through county boards of education that
designate one employee to serve as County WVABE Director. This individual is
responsible for determining the need for WVABE programs within the county, promoting
these programs, recruiting students, coordinating the scheduling of WVABE classes,
hiring instructors, and overseeing financial and attendance reports. In a few counties,
the RESA performs these functions.

Programs are also offered through volunteer literacy programs, community-based
organizations, and institutional education programs with their own local program
coordinators.

For a list of adult basic education local program directors, check online at
http://wvde.state.wv.us/abe/ABE%20County%20Directors.pdf.




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WEST VIRGINIA ADULT BASIC EDUCATION
PROGRAM

                               We Build Skills for Success

Our Vision

To be a highly valued provider of quality educational programs that offer every
adult in West Virginia an opportunity to build skills for success.

To realize this vision, we will:
    Increase the foundational skills and literacy levels of adults in West Virginia.
    Focus on customer needs.
    Be recognized leaders in adult literacy and foundational skills development.
    Value and support dedicated skilled staff and volunteers in their literacy efforts.
    Be a key player in the state’s Workforce development system.
    Enhance the design and delivery of flexible, affordable adult education programs
      and services.
    Be a valued participant in the continuum of adult education opportunities.
    Meet performance expectations through continuous improvement.

Our Mission

To enable adult learners to be literate, productive, and successful in the
workplace, home, and community by delivering responsive adult education
programs and services.

To accomplish this, we will:
    Recognize and accommodate the varied learning needs, levels, and goals of
      diverse adult learners.
    Use resources effectively and efficiently to provide a network of quality,
      affordable programs and services at the local, regional, and state levels.
    Collaborate with other organizations and initiatives with shared purposes.
    Recognize and support the important role that parents play in the educational
      success of their children.
    Position basic skill development as an integral part of economic development.
    Provide flexible opportunities for adults to obtain high school credentials and
      workplace skills.
    Foster a talented, dedicated staff by offering ongoing support and professional
      development opportunities.
    Provide research-based content, methods, and materials in meeting the
      expectations of our customers.
    Utilize technology to deliver and expand innovative programs and services.
    Monitor and continually improve our performance.

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Our Core Values

           Quality  Integrity  Lifelong Learning  Teamwork  Service




The key words representing our core values spell out the word QUILTS. The design of
WVABE’s QUILTS reminds us of our commitment to reach our vision and fulfill our
mission through valued guiding principles. Our values help cultivate highly satisfied
customers, pride of accomplishment among staff, and a positive reputation for our
organization and its work.

 We take responsibility for QUALITY…

by being accountable for delivering effective and efficient programs, having a
commitment to excellence, practicing continuous performance and process
improvement, creating best practices, and individually pursuing professional growth.

 We act with INTEGRITY in all we do…

by always being respectful, honest, truthful, and accountable; being good stewards of
resources; demonstrating ethical conduct; and building trust as individuals and as an
organization.

 We cherish LIFELONG LEARNING…

by recognizing every adult’s inherent ability to learn, inspiring a quest for knowledge,
ensuring access for all who desire to learn, fostering a positive learning environment,
helping adults achieve their personal learning goals, acknowledging different learning
styles, embracing diversity, and championing individual worth.

 We embrace TEAMWORK …

through effective collaboration with all partners, using participatory planning, open
communication, and decision-making in pursuing common goals.

 We are committed to SERVICE…

that is historically rooted in strong customer service by listening, understanding, and
meeting the needs of those we serve; exceeding all expectations; being responsive and
innovative to emerging adult educational needs; and staying focused on changing
customer requirements.




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Our Goals

  I.    Sustain a high-performing, resource-balanced, flexible, and customer-focused
        organization by strengthening its structure and operations.

  II.   Identify, design, and implement quality programs and services that address
        customer needs.

 III.   Sustain organizational values and processes that develop, engage, and reward
        employees and cultivate a commitment to excellence.

IV.     Establish and sustain collaborative relationships with other organizations to
        strengthen and expand adult education programs and services.

 V.     Use technology to improve communication, efficiency, delivery of instruction, and
        ease of access to programs and services.

VI.     Raise awareness of the organization and promote a positive image of its work.

VII.    Use an effective continuous improvement process that ensures accountability
        balanced to the needs of the customers and staff.




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COMPONENTS OF THE WEST VIRGINIA ADULT
BASIC EDUCATION (WVABE) PROGRAM

What is Adult Basic Education (ABE)?

Adult Basic Education (ABE) is designed to satisfy the basic literacy needs of adults; to
improve and/or upgrade information processing skills and computational skills leading to
a high school equivalency diploma or entry into post-secondary education; to satisfy the
continuing education demands of adults in the current labor market; to improve self-
esteem of adults; and to empower adults to achieve their goals.

What are the target populations served by WVABE?

       Adults and out-of-school youth seeking a high school equivalency diploma
        through the GED® test
       Adults preparing for college entrance or for enrollment in other post-secondary
        education or training
       Adults seeking to improve basic academic and computer skills for daily living
       Unemployed or under-skilled workers seeking to obtain or retain a job or to get a
        promotion
       Parents of young children
       Teenage high school dropouts seeking to obtain or retain a driver’s license
       Adults in correctional facilities and regional jails
       Recipients of public assistance
       Adults with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) seeking to improve English
        language skills or prepare for U.S. citizenship and naturalization
       Residents of homeless shelters and domestic violence shelters
       Home-based adult learners seeking online basic skills study opportunities

What does the WVABE program include?

       Basic Skills Instruction in reading, writing, math, listening, and speaking
       GED® Test Preparation in science, social studies, mathematics, language arts-
        reading, language arts-writing, and calculator training
       Official GED Practice Test™ (OPT) Administration for documenting readiness
        to take the GED® test
       English for Speakers of Other Languages in pre-literacy; reading; writing;
        listening; speaking; grammar; U.S. history and government; and cultural literacy
       Preparation for Specialized Examinations such as the ACT, SAT, ASVAB,
        LPN Entrance, Civil Service, U.S. Citizenship exam, TOEFL, etc.
       Thinking and Learning Skills Instruction in creative thinking; decision-making;
        problem-solving; and learning and reasoning
       Work Foundations Instruction in organization and time management; wellness
        and safety; team-building; technology; and multi-cultural awareness

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       Job Readiness Skills Instruction in goal-setting; career planning; personal
        work attributes; employee rights and responsibilities; job search strategies; and
        unemployment survival
       Life-Coping Skills Instruction in budgeting; nutrition; consumerism; and family
        relationships and parenting
       Computer Literacy Skills in keyboarding, word processing and other
        introductory skills

What specialized programs are a part of WVABE?

       Computer Literacy
        Computer Literacy instruction is designed to introduce students to the computer
        and its most basic applications and to provide learners with a working knowledge
        of a computer's capabilities. Upon completing a “Computer Literacy Only”
        program, students who wish to acquire additional skills are encouraged to enroll
        in local community, vocational, or college courses for more detailed/advanced
        training. For more information, visit the following web page:
        http://wvde.state.wv.us/abe/file-cabinet/index.html#computerlit.
        Contact: Louise Miller, Phone: 1-800-766-7372 ext. 1122 or 1123
        Mobile: 304-890-2470; E-mail: louise@wvabe.org

       Distance Education
        Distance education makes it possible for adult learners to study outside the
        traditional classroom setting. Classroom instructors may apply to become a
        certified distance education instructor. Once they have completed the required
        Certified Distance Education Instructor Home Study Module, certified distance
        education instructors will be able to get credit for hours their students are working
        on a state-approved curricula outside of the classroom. See Section 13 of this
        Handbook for more detailed information.
        Contact: Barry Kelly; Ellen Killion, Phone: 1-800-642-2670
        E-mail: bkelly@access.k12.wv.us; ekillion@access.k12.wv.us

       English as a Second Language (ESL)
        ESL addresses the needs of Limited English Proficient (LEP) adults–including
        adult immigrants, residents, and citizens of the U.S. whose native language is not
        English. See Section 14 of this Handbook for more detailed information.
        Contact: Cathy Shank, Phone: 1-800-257-3723 ext. 112
        E-mail: cshank@access.k12.wv.us

       Family Literacy
        Family Literacy classes are for adults and children. They include interactive
        literacy activities between the parent and child; training for parents to be effective
        primary teachers for their children; parent literacy training; and age-appropriate
        education for the children. For more information, visit the following web page:
        http://wvde.state.wv.us/abe/file-cabinet/index.html#family_lit.


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       GED® Testing
        Testing facilities throughout the state offer the GED® test to adults who want to
        receive the General Educational Development (GED®) test credential. The
        Official GED Practice Test™ (OPT) is offered in every WVABE classroom. See
        Section 12 of this Handbook for more detailed information.
        Contact: Debra Kimbler, Phone: 1-800-642-2670 or 304-558-6315 ext. 53529
        E-mail: dkimbler@access.k12.wv.us

       Hit the Ground Running (HTGR)
        Hit the Ground Running is an intensive four-week, 120-hour job readiness course
        that integrates applied academics, computer literacy, and work process skills.
        Employers specified the content areas they felt were necessary to reflect the
        skills needed in the workplace and set the criteria for awarding Ready to Work
        certificates. These certificates require a Level 4 on three WorkKeys®
        assessments, a minimum of 90% attendance, 100% punctuality, a minimum of
        80% on post-tests for training modules, and completion of a mock interview, job
        application, and résumé. See Section 16 of this Handbook for more detailed
        information.
        Contact: Dianna Flanagan, Phone: 304-485-6515
        E-mail: dflanaga@access.k12.wv.us

       Institutional Education
        Correctional facilities and regional jails offer a full-range of basic education
        services. See Section 15 of this Handbook for more detailed information.
        Contact: Jacob Green, Phone: 304-558-8833
        E-mail: jgreen@access.k12.wv.us

       SPOKES
        Strategic Planning in Occupational Knowledge for Employment and Success
        (SPOKES) is an academic and job preparation skills program under contract
        between the WVDE Office of Adult Education and the Department of Health and
        Human Resources (DHHR). This program provides classes with intense daily
        activities that address work-based academics; soft skills necessary for adults to
        pursue and retain gainful employment; and vocational training in customer
        service. DHHR and WV Works customers are referred to the program and
        receive services on any given Monday. The SPOKES class is a 10-week
        program consisting of assessment, job readiness, work process skills, computer
        skills, WorkKeys academics, and vocational training in customer service. See
        Section 16 of this Handbook for more detailed information.
        Contact: David Hollingsworth, Phone: 304-558-0280 ext. 53356
        E-mail: dbhollin@access.k12.wv.us

       Workplace Education
        Workplace Education provides customized basic skill instruction for incumbent
        workers and/or potential workers. Training can be in applied basic skills (such as
        workplace English as a second language, pre-statistical process math, report
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        writing) or in specified workplace essential skills (such as problem solving,
        communication, goal setting) depending on the expressed needs of the
        company/business. Additionally, the Workplace Education program can provide
        ACT WorkKeys® Job Profiling. Most workplace education services are fee-based.
        Contact: Robin Asbury, Phone: 304-695-1182
        E-mail: resa7rb@alpha.wvnet.edu

Where are WVABE programs and services located?

In order to reach its target populations in the most convenient locations, West Virginia
Adult Basic Education (WVABE) services are offered in numerous settings throughout
the state.

Full-time and part-time WVABE programs are usually located in:
     Adult Learning Centers
     Career and Technical Centers
     Community Centers
     Community and Technical Colleges
     Correctional Facilities
     Public Libraries
     Public School Buildings
     Workforce WV One-Stop Centers

Other settings for WVABE programs include:
   Churches
   Community-Based Organizations (CBOs)
   Department of Health and Human Resource (DHHR) Facilities
   Homeless Shelters
   Hospitals
   Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) Facilities
   School Board Offices
   Senior Centers
   Storefronts
   Work Sites

The online West Virginia Adult Basic Education Class Location Directory may be found
at http://www.wvabe.org/class_directory/index.cfm. You may also contact the Toll-Free
Adult Education Hotline at 1-800-642-2670 to be connected to local classes.

What is the meaning of all these acronyms?

As with any organization, there are many acronyms connected to the program. A list of
Commonly Used Acronyms associated with the WVABE program is found in the Section
1 Appendix.


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PARTNERS IN ADULT EDUCATION, LITERACY, AND
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT IN WEST VIRGINIA

The WVABE program works collaboratively with numerous education, family services,
literacy, and Workforce development partners to provide a network of services to adult
learners. These partnerships also allow WVABE to establish, customize, and sustain
appropriate specialized programs (general ABE, ESL, SPOKES, Family Literacy, etc.) in
a variety of venues. Some of the partners include the following:

The Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development

http://wvde.state.wv.us/abe/

The Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development, under the West Virginia
Department of Education (WVDE) administers the statewide WVABE program. Local
WVABE programs receive funding, ongoing technical assistance, coordination, and
support through the state WVABE staff, regional personnel located at Regional
Education Service Agencies (RESAs), and county WVABE directors who administer the
services. A listing of the statewide WVABE staff working with specific program
components is found in Section 1 Appendix. The WVABE program’s web page
(http://wvde.state.wv.us/abe/) includes information relevant to adult educators and
learners including: state, regional, and local administrators, instructors, volunteers, and
students.

The Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR)
Bureau for Children and Families

http://www.wvdhhr.org/bcf/family_assistance/wvworks.asp

The Bureau for Children and Families is responsible for providing the WV WORKS
program to TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) recipients. The goals of
the WV WORKS program are to assist economically dependent and at-risk families to
become self-supporting; to enhance the well-being of children; and to assist families
near the poverty level to remain self-sufficient. This bureau provides several programs
that could benefit the adult basic education learner.

       Assessment Testing
        WVABE Assessment Specialists administer the Test of Adult Basic Education
        (TABE), WorkKeys, Emotional Health Inventory (EHI), and Learning Needs
        Screening to WV WORKS Assistance Group (AG) adults statewide.

       SPOKES
        Strategic Planning in Occupational Knowledge for Employment and Success
        (SPOKES) is a program consisting of work-based academics, job preparation
        skills, and vocational training in the area of customer service under contract
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        between the WVDE Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development and
        the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) in collaboration with
        the WV Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs).

       Other Services
        The Bureau for Children and Families offers a wide variety of other services
        which may benefit the adult basic education student. These services include, but
        are not limited to, the following:
           o Emergency Assistance – provides short-term financial assistance to
               families in crises when they are without available resources;
           o Food Stamps;
           o Medicaid – provides medical care to individuals who otherwise may not be
               able to afford care;
           o School Clothing Allowance;
           o Transportation Assistance – provides a means of transportation to certain
               low income elderly and handicapped individuals; and
           o Utility Assistance – assists eligible households with the cost of home
               heating.

        For more information, visit the Bureau for Children and Families – Family
        Assistance Directory web page at: http://www.wvdhhr.org/bcf/family_assistance/.

Literacy West Virginia

http://literacywv.org
West Virginia's adult literacy organization, Literacy West Virginia, has a network of
trained volunteers that provide confidential, individualized one-on-one and small group
tutoring in literacy, basic skills, computer, and English as a Second Language (ESL).
Tutors use a learner-centered approach that aligns with the National Reading Panel
research on teaching reading and is modeled from the best practices of both Laubach
Literacy Action and Literacy Volunteers of America. Tutoring sessions provide a multi-
disciplinary approach to meet the individual family, job-related, and personal needs of
the learner. Individual tutoring sessions provide for flexible scheduling of time and
location. For a list of local literacy tutoring programs, check online at
http://literacywv.org/LiteracyProgran.aspx.

The state organization provides program models, methods, and materials for reaching
adults and teaching learners to read, write, speak, understand, and progress in
their literacy development. It also offers technical assistance to local literacy providers
through regional technical assistants. The organization is affiliated with ProLiteracy
America. The state director and regional staff members are funded primarily through
WVABE and corporate donations. The local programs are funded primarily through
private donations, mini-grants, and local support. The names of the director and
regional literacy contacts, as well as the counties they serve, are found online at
http://literacywv.org/contactus.aspx.



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To find a list of tutoring programs in correctional centers and jails, check online at
http://literacywv.org/CorrectionalFacilities.aspx.

West Virginia Adult Education Association (WVAEA), Inc.

http://wvaea.org
The West Virginia Adult Education Association, Inc. (WVAEA, Inc.) is a professional
organization comprised of individuals interested in the development of adult education
in West Virginia.

The association provides leadership activities; unifies individuals and groups concerned
with adult education; improves the quality of education for adult students; serves as a
legislative network; and promotes growth through workshops, meetings, and
conferences. Membership is open to all institutions, businesses, organizations,
students, and includes representatives from adult basic education, literacy, libraries,
human service agencies, businesses, public education, and customers.

WVAEA, Inc. provides special event grants up to $250 to adult basic education and
literacy programs for special recruitment, retention, and/or recognition events; student
support grants up to $250 to adult basic education and literacy students to provide
assistance with child care, transportation, and other expenses incurred when attending
class; a special tutoring grant for ABE literacy instructors or tutors who tutor students
outside of their regular hours; two continuing education scholarships of $1,000 to
qualified adult basic education and literacy students; and financial assistance for
instructors and/or tutors for statewide and/or national conferences (through a
professional development reimbursement grant). Also WVAEA, Inc., in collaboration
with the WV Department of Education, provides partial funding for the annual statewide
billboard campaign.

In addition, WVAEA, Inc. sponsors the annual fall conference in collaboration with state
agencies and businesses and presents annual awards to the Student of the Year,
Educator of the Year, Program of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Service
Personnel of the Year, Volunteer Tutor of the Year, and Collaborative Partner of the
Year.

The student affiliate, BOLT (Building Opportunities for Learning Together), which is a
cadre of current and former students who represent adult education and literacy at the
local, state, and national level, has formed a Student Speakers Bureau to help in public
awareness of adult basic education and literacy.

For more information, contact Kathy Hollingsworth, at kwinter@access.k12.wv.us or
1-800-257-3723 ext. 201.




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West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE)

http://wvde.state.wv.us
WVDE provides leadership and oversight for the entire West Virginia Adult Basic
Education (WVABE) program. In addition, WVABE collaborates with many other WVDE
programs and services. For a list of WVABE staff at WVDE, see Section 1 Appendix.

       Career and Technical Education
        http://careertech.k12.wv.us/about.html
        The mission of WV Career and Technical Education is to better prepare students
        for the world of work and higher education through education programs and
        training offered at the career and technical education centers throughout the
        state.

        All full-time certificate programs require a high school diploma or GED® test
        credential prior to completion of the course. Many adults take advantage of the
        convenience of WVABE classes within career and technical centers to prepare
        for the GED® test while enrolled in a training program.

        For a list of career and technical centers, see
        http://careertech.k12.wv.us/documents/TechnicalandAdultEducationFacilities128
        10.pdf.

        Many CTC directors serve as local county program directors. For a list of these
        local county program directors, check online at
        http://wvde.state.wv.us/abe/ABE%20County%20Directors.pdf.

       The College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV)
        http://cfwv.com
        CFWV provides free resources to help students and families plan, apply, and pay
        for education and training beyond high school. CFWV.com is a free website that
        features career and college exploration tools, information about all federal and
        state-level financial aid programs (including the PROMISE Scholarship and
        Higher Education Grant Programs), and details about the state’s colleges and
        universities.

       County Boards of Education
        West Virginia has a statewide network of WVABE programs, most of which are
        operated through county boards of education. Most county boards of education
        designate an employee to serve as county adult basic education director. This
        individual is responsible for determining the need for WVABE programs within
        the county, promoting these programs, recruiting students, coordinating the
        scheduling of WVABE classes, hiring instructors, and overseeing financial and
        attendance reports. In a few counties, this role is served by the regional adult
        education coordinator. For a list of local program directors, check online at
        http://wvde.state.wv.us/abe/ABE%20County%20Directors.pdf.

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       Curriculum Technology Resource Center (CTRC)
        Valuable resources for adult educators, including the SPOKES curriculum and
        teacher guide, are housed at the Vocational Curriculum Laboratory at the WV
        Curriculum Technology Resource Center (CTRC) in Ripley. Items are mailed,
        free-of-charge to instructors. To order materials, contact Teresa Counts, 1-800-
        982-5627, tcounts@access.k12.wv.us.

       GED® Office
        http://wvde.state.wv.us/ged/
        The GED Administrator™ oversees local GED® testing centers and GED® peer
        trainers.

       Office of Adult Institutional Education
        http://wvde.state.wv.us/institutional/
        The WVDE Office of Adult Institutional Education provides educational services
        to institutionalized adults in state correctional institutions, diagnostic centers,
        regional jails, and residential institutions for the seriously emotionally disturbed.
        Many of these locations offer WVABE programs and provide GED® testing
        services. These programs offer incentives to inmates that make progress. Some
        institutions have trained inmates as volunteer literacy tutors to assist other
        inmates. For more information see Section 15.

        To find a list of tutoring programs in correctional centers and jails, check online at
        http://literacywv.org/CorrectionalFacilities.aspx.

       Regional Education Service Areas (RESAs)
        http://wvde.state.wv.us/ed_directory/#resa
        Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs) serve educational needs in eight
        multi-county regions by providing technical assistance, targeted staff
        development, coordination of county board services, specialized programs for
        exceptional children, technology maintenance, and grant administration.

        Some statewide WVABE leadership activities are based in RESAs including
        coordination of distance education, professional development, public outreach,
        SPOKES and other DHHR contract programs, technology, and workplace
        education. For a list of WVABE staff based at RESAs, see Section 1 Appendix.

        In addition, WVABE has regional adult education coordinators (RAECs) based in
        RESAs that provide technical assistance to local instructors and administrators.
        For a list of regional adult education coordinators, see Section 1 Appendix. Some
        RESAs also house specialist that administer special assessments such as
        WorkKeys. For a list of assessment specialists, see Section 1 Appendix.




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West Virginia Division of Rehabilitative Services (DRS)

http://www.wvdrs.org/
The West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) helps people with
disabilities prepare for, get, keep or advance in employment. To accomplish that goal,
DRS provides a broad range of vocational rehabilitation services such as assessment,
job training, rehabilitation therapy, and other support services to people with disabilities.

Adults with disabilities can qualify for DRS services (including customized training
programs), become aware of their disabilities, and receive appropriate accommodations
in standardized assessment (e.g., extra time, audio versions, etc. for the GED® test), in
the workplace, and in other life settings. DRS also refers clients to adult education
programs.

WVABE has developed a cooperative relationship with state DRS personnel and a
system of referral which meets DRS intake requirements. DRS is one resource through
which adult learners seeking employment have been able to obtain assessment and
documentation of disabilities at no cost. In addition, DRS and WVABE share the cost of
classroom accommodations (sign language interpreters, Braille materials, etc.) for
students in our programs that have hearing and/or vision disabilities.

For a list of DRS offices, see
http://www.wvdrs.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.displaystory&groupID=88&itemid=26.

West Virginia Library Commission

http://librarycommission.lib.wv.us
The West Virginia Library Commission (WVLC) provides a package of statewide online
resources free to all state residents accessed from one portal: http://wvinfodepot.org/.
Among these are two very valuable resources for adult educators.

       LearningExpress Library is an interactive site with over 150 practice academic
        and career tests, including the GED® test, ACT, SAT, TOEFL. It also has learning
        activities to prepare for the tests; resume writing and computer skills tutorials;
        and basic math, reading and writing skills courses in English and Spanish.

       Job and Career Accelerator is a comprehensive online job search system that
        integrates everything a job seeker needs to conduct a successful job search into
        one easy-to-use online application. From exploring suitable occupations, finding
        a job from over 5 million real time listings, to preparing resumes and cover
        letters, Job & Career Accelerator will organize, manage, and track the entire
        process of getting hired.

WVLC actively promotes literacy and recognizes the month of September as the state's
official Literacy Month, which includes a celebration and proclamation by the Governor.



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The literacy roles that libraries play may vary depending upon the community’s needs.
Some libraries provide rooms for literacy tutoring and training or for WVABE classes, as
well as videos and audio books, instructional materials, computer facilities, and special
collections developed for new readers. Tutors are trained to use the whole library as a
resource tool. When the local literacy council is not housed in the library’s facilities,
librarians can refer students to an approved literacy program in the community.

For more information contact Susan Hayden, Adult Services Consultant, at 304-558-
3978 or susan.g.hayden@wv.gov.

West Virginia Community and Technical Colleges

http://www.wvctcs.org/
The mission of the West Virginia Community and Technical College System (WVCTCS)
is to deliver affordable, accessible high quality education training that dynamically
advances the economic and social development of West Virginia. The WVCTCS
consists of ten institutions offering an array of associate degrees and certificates for
students. Many schools have more than one campus and are accessible to most areas
of the state.

The community and technical colleges offer programs of study in arts/humanities,
business/marketing, engineering/technical, health, human services, science/natural
science, and general education. To learn more about the community and technical
colleges and their specific offerings, visit http://www.wvctcs.org/ (click on the Programs
of Study tab).

The WVCTCS website contains links to resources for instructors to use with students in
preparing for careers and college, and also, for students and parents in planning for
college and financial aid. Visit http://www.wvctcs.org/ to access instructional resources
appropriate for use with adult learners (click on the Student Resources tab).

For a list of West Virginia colleges and universities, see
https://secure.cfwv.com/College_Planning/Explore_Schools/Search_for_Colleges/Searc
h_for_Colleges.aspx.

WorkForce West Virginia Career Centers

http://www.workforcewv.org/shared/OfficeLocations.asp
The WorkForce West Virginia system provides a single access point to a variety of state
and local employment assistance organizations. Job seekers can get assistance in
finding a job, career planning, labor market information, training information, résumé
preparation, and more. Employers can get help finding new employees, posting jobs,
accessing labor market information, and acquiring Equal Employment Opportunity
(EEO) information and training resources.



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WorkForce West Virginia Career Centers are located throughout the state. The services
offered include, but are not limited to: case management services; vocational guidance
assistance; assessment; job development contracts; referrals to job openings; résumé
preparation assistance; labor market information; job finding workshops; Veteran Tax
Credit eligibility determination; Civil Service information; and referral to partners and
other agencies. Some WVABE classes are located in WorkForce West Virginia Career
Centers. To locate a WorkForce West Virginia Career Center near you see
http://www.wvcommerce.org/business/workforcewv/locations/default.aspx.




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WVABE SUPPORT SERVICES

The WV Adult Basic Education (WVABE) program offers a variety of resources and
services to adult basic education and literacy instructors, volunteers, and students
throughout the state of West Virginia. You may call the toll-free Adult Education Hotline,
1-800-642-2670, for assistance in any of the areas below or contact the resource
person listed.

       AEMIS Technical Assistance
        The Adult Education Management Information System, better known as AEMIS,
        is a web-enabled management information system (MIS) developed to meet the
        individual needs of WVABE programs, while meeting the guidelines of the
        National Reporting System. To learn more about AEMIS, refer to the AEMIS
        User Guide at http://www.wvabe.org/UserGuide.htm.
        Contact: Louise Miller, louise@wvabe.org

       DHHR Special Services
        The DHHR Special Services Coordinator is the liaison between the West Virginia
        Adult Basic Education (WVABE) program and the Department of Health and
        Human Resources (DHHR) and coordinates SPOKES classes; basic skills
        assessment; and learning needs and mental health screening for DHHR clients.
        The Instructional Support Coordinator assists SPOKES instructors and career
        development consultants in serving WV Works students enrolled in SPOKES
        classes.
        Contact: David Hollingsworth, dbhollin@access.k12.wv.us
                 Tyann Douglas, tdouglas@access.k12.wv.us

       Distance Education
        The Distance Education Specialist oversees the activities of West Virginia’s adult
        distance education program, Advantage GED®. The distance education office
        personnel refer students who call the WV Adult Education Hotline to local
        programs for orientation to distance education. They are also responsible for the
        training of classroom instructors who wish to become distance education
        instructors; for developing and monitoring program procedures; for piloting online
        curricula; and for developing state and federal reports.
        Contact: Barry Kelly, bkelly@access.k12.wv.us
                   Ellen Killion, ekillion@access.k12.wv.us

       Listservs
        The WVABE program has two main listservs, WVABE-Updates and WVABE-L,
        as well as several other smaller, more specialized listservs.

        The WVABE-Updates listserv was created to reach all adult education personnel
        throughout the state. WVABE-Updates is an “announcements only” list. All new
        WVABE practitioners are automatically added to WVABE-Updates when they are
        added to the Adult Education Management Information System (AEMIS).
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        Postings to this listserv are limited to messages considered essential information
        for all WVABE personnel. Members cannot reply or post to this listserv without
        going through the list manager.

        A different listserv, WVABE-L, was created to allow practitioners to exchange
        information and ideas with one another. Any member of the WVABE-L may post
        a message or a request, and all members will receive it. All replies to WVABE-L
        go to everyone on the listserv. WVABE-L is used to post training and graduate
        credit opportunities, teaching and learning resources, grant resources and
        opportunities, and for practitioners to ask and answer questions or concerns that
        arise. If you are a member of WVABE-L and would like to post a message to
        WVABE-L, use this address: WVABE-L@listserv.WVNET.EDU. You can also
        reply to any message you receive on the WVABE-L listserv—when it is
        appropriate. Remember, all replies go to everyone on the list—not just one
        person.

        Listserv members may request that their e-mail address be changed or removed
        at any time by contacting Cathy Shank at 1-800-257-3723 ext. 112 or
        cshank@access.k12.wv.us. It is not polite to reply to the whole listserv when you
        want to be removed.

        Finally, several other information exchange listservs have been established for
        special interest groups. These include:
           o ABEYOUTH-L (practitioners serving young adult populations)
           o FAMLIT-L (practitioners serving Family Literacy programs)
           o LIT-VOL (adult literacy providers)
           o WVABE-SPOKES-L (SPOKES instructors and CDCs)
           o WVABE-CTCS-L (WVABE and Community & Technical Colleges)

        Instructors can join any of these listservs at any time by following the procedures
        below. If you would like to join one of the listservs, send a message to the
        general listserv address: LISTSERV@LISTSERV.WVNET.EDU.

        Type this message:

                Subscribe Listservname Firstname Lastname

        For example, if Jane Doe was interested in young adult populations, she could
        join ABEYOUTH-L by typing this message:

                Subscribe ABEYOUTH-L Jane Doe

        If Jane wanted to join LIT-VOL, she would type:

                Subscribe LIT-VOL Jane Doe

        Be sure that if your computer puts a signature at the bottom of your messages
        that you delete that signature before sending the message.

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        After you have joined a listserv, you will receive confirmation of your subscription
        and a welcome letter that explains how to send messages to the listserv and how
        to be removed if you do not want to be a member anymore. You should definitely
        save this for reference purposes.

        Remember, you can be active on any of the exchange listservs by posting
        information you discover, or by requesting help for issues that concern you. If you
        are a member of one of the exchange listservs and would like to post a message
        to that listserv, use the correct address:
            o WVABE-L (WVABE information exchange)
                WVABE-L@listserv.WVNET.EDU
            o ABEYOUTH-L (practitioners serving young adult populations):
                ABEYOUTHL@listserv.WVNET.EDU
            o FAMLIT-L (practitioners serving Family Literacy programs)
                FAMLIT-L@listserv.WVNET.EDU
            o LIT-VOL (adult literacy providers)
                LIT-VOL@listserv.WVNET.EDU
            o WVABE-CTCS-L (WVABE and Community & Technical Colleges):
                WVABE-CTCS-L@listserv.WVNET.EDU
            o WVABE-SPOKES-L (SPOKES instructors and CDCs)
                WVABE-SPOKES-L@listserv.WVNET.EDU

        You can also reply to any message you receive on any of these listservs by
        simply hitting reply. It is suggested that before replying to a listserv, you consider
        whether your reply is information that others will find important, or if you should
        be replying only to the individual who posted.
        Contact: Cathy Shank, cshank@access.k12.wv.us

       Professional Development Services
        The Professional Development Coordinator oversees pre-service and in-service
        professional development opportunities for WVABE practitioners and tracks
        attendance at conference and training sessions using the AEMIS professional
        development database. For more information, see Section 2 of this Handbook.
        Contact: Cathy Shank, cshank@access.k12.wv.us

            o WVABE Professional Development Wiki
              The WVABE Wiki provides personnel an online place to exchange
              information and ideas. A wiki (wick'-e) is a type of web site that allows
              anyone to add or edit content via a browser interface. The WVABE Wiki
              allows members to post files as well as add and comment on
              conversation threads.

                 Anyone can visit and view the WVABE Wiki to see all the great resources
                 found there. To participate in discussions and add content, go to the
                 home page at http://wvabe.wetpaint.com and “Sign up” to become a
                 member.


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       Publications

            o ConXtions
              The Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development and Regional
              Education Service Agency 3 (RESA 3) have collaborated to provide the
              fourth edition of ConXtions, the resource directory connecting adult
              education and literacy programs to community services. It is an
              information and referral resource that contains information selected and
              edited from many sources and compiled into one convenient directory.
              ConXtions contains the location and contact information for West Virginia
              Adult Basic Education (WVABE) and literacy programs, GED® testing
              centers, public libraries, and information on financial assistance for
              continuing education.

                ConXtions also includes child care resources; domestic violence contacts
                and information; employment training and placement contacts; resources
                for family education and nutrition; food, clothing, shelter, and utility
                assistance information; free clinics and primary care center locations and
                contact information; prescription assistance information; WVCHIP
                information; mental health and substance abuse centers; legal assistance
                resources; transportation providers; providers of services to the youth
                population; senior services providers; plus physical disability and special
                learning needs resources.

                Updated in 2009, the fourth edition was redesigned to be more user-
                friendly. All the information is provided by county instead of by category. A
                PDF version of each county can be downloaded at the following web
                address: http://wvde.state.wv.us/abe/connections.htm.
                Contact: Kathy Hollingsworth, kwinter@access.k12.wv.us

            o Literacy Counts
              The Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development and Regional
              Education Service Agency 3 (RESA 3) collaborated to provide the second
              edition of Literacy Counts in 2007. Information from various resources was
              compiled into this easy-to-use reference manual which serves as a guide
              for educators, administrators, business leaders, and community agencies
              when planning and maintaining successful and effective programs for
              adults. The statistical information contained within Literacy Counts is used
              for determining:
                   the types of programs needed – adult basic education, literacy,
                     family literacy, workplace programs.
                   the locations for these program – libraries, businesses, correctional
                     facilities, institutions, shelters, nursing homes, within urban areas,
                     or in rural areas.
                   resources available for promoting these programs – television,
                     radio, newspaper.

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                    specific target populations in which to direct outreach strategies –
                     males, females, young, elderly, confined to institutions, ESL, or
                     those most in need of education services.
                Contact: Kathy Hollingsworth, kwinter@access.k12.wv.us

            o NETWORKS Newsletter
              Networks, the West Virginia Adult Education and Literacy newsletter
              published in the spring and fall, is available to those involved in
              addressing the needs of adult learners. It is a collaborative publication
              created for, and produced by, individuals and organizations interested in
              adult education and literacy. The collaborative partners include the
              Department of Education, Office of Adult Education and Workforce
              Development; the West Virginia Adult Education Association, Inc.
              (WVAEA, Inc.); Literacy West Virginia; Department of Health and Human
              Services programs; and Public Service Training.

                A PDF version of Networks can be downloaded from the WVABE website
                at http://wvde.state.wv.us/abe/networks.htm. Hard copies are sent to
                those individuals and programs highlighted in each issue as well as to
                state board of education members, county directors of adult basic
                education, RESA directors, rehabilitation offices, state legislators, and
                state directors. Hard copies are also available on request by calling 1-800-
                642-2670.
                Contact: Kathy Hollingsworth, kwinter@access.k12.wv.us

            o WVABE Instructor Handbook
              The WVABE Instructor Handbook is revised and published annually. A
              paper version of the Handbook is given to new instructors, and a PDF
              version of each section of the Handbook can be downloaded from the
              WVABE website at http://wvde.state.wv.us/abe/teacherhandbook.htm.
              Contact: Cathy Shank, cshank@access.k12.wv.us

       Public Outreach Services
        The Public Outreach Coordinator works with various agencies and personnel to
        develop and implement a statewide outreach plan for WVABE. The coordinator is
        responsible for developing and implementing innovative and effective ideas for
        public outreach materials; designing and distributing print material for existing
        and new initiatives; designing, implementing, and updating publications (i.e.,
        ConXtions, Literacy Counts, etc.); and serving as editor-in-chief of the statewide
        newsletter, Networks.

        The coordinator is also responsible for overseeing all activities regarding
        recruitment and retention of students. This includes providing GRASP (Guide for
        Retention and Student Persistence) and PlanET MARS (Plan to Empower
        Teachers/Tutors to Manage Recruitment Strategies) professional development
        workshops; providing recruitment and retention technical assistance to counties

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        when required; and managing activities of the Student Speakers Bureau.
        Contact: Kathy Hollingsworth, kwinter@access.k12.wv.us

            o Recruitment and Retention
              Information is available in adapting a variety of materials and resources for
              recruiting new students, and/or assisting with student persistence. (Visit
              the following webpage: http://wvde.state.wv.us/abe/file-cabinet/index.html.
              Scroll down to the heading Recruitment and Retention Resources.)

            o Resources for the Adult Educator
              Section 1 Appendix contains a list of resources for the adult educator. This
              list includes links for the following resources:
                    National and state special needs hotlines
                    College resources
                    Health services resources
                    Hearing resources
                    Legal information
                    Regional Family Resource Networks
                    Vision resources

            o Toll-Free Adult Education Hotline, 1-800-642-2670
              Call the hotline to find out about appropriate programs and services in
              your local area. You may also call the hotline to connect with state level
              program personnel without incurring long distance charges.

       Student Organizations
        West Virginia’s adult student organization, BOLT (Building Opportunities for
        Learning Together), is comprised of current and former students of adult
        education and literacy programs and their supporters; persons employed in adult
        education; volunteer literacy providers; members of organizations in fields related
        to adult education; and undergraduate or graduate students with an interest in
        adult education and literacy services. BOLT is affiliated with and complies with
        the rules of the West Virginia Adult Education Association, Inc. (WVAEA, Inc.), a
        private non-profit organization. A Student Speakers Bureau was formed in 2005.
        The Bureau, comprised of BOLT members, speaks to various organizations,
        businesses, schools, and communities about adult education and literacy.
        BOLT’s mission is to unite all learners in literacy and adult education and to
        expand the role of adult students as leaders who promote the success of adult
        education efforts throughout WV. It is a resource for adult students to heighten
        public awareness, advocate for effective policies and practices, and promote the
        understanding that all who want to improve their skills can do so.
        Contact: Kathy Hollingsworth, kwinter@access.k12.wv.us

       Special Populations Services
        The Special Projects Coordinator provides information in the areas of literacy,
        disabilities and other special needs, and access to specialized assessment

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        instruments, educational materials, and instructor training opportunities.
        Contact: Pam (Bryan) Young, pbryan@access.k12.wv.us

            o Disabilities and Other Special Learning Needs
              Assessment instruments and materials are available in Braille, large print,
              and audiocassette versions. See Resources for the Adult Educator in
              Section 1 Appendix for links to the following:
                  National and Special Needs Hotlines
                  Adult Vision Resources
                  Hearing Resources

            o Low Level Readers
              Literacy level assessment instruments and educational materials for low
              level readers are available for loan through the Special Populations
              Coordinator. Join the WV Literacy Providers Listserv to communicate with
              other adult literacy providers about issues related to low level readers.

            o Non-native English Speakers
              English as a Second Language (ESL) assessment instruments, texts, and
              other educational materials are available for loan. In addition,
              assessments and test preparation materials are available in Spanish and
              French.

            o Youth Populations
              Join the ABE-Youth Listserv to communicate with other adult literacy
              providers about issues related to serving young adult students in your
              programs.

            o Volunteer Literacy Services
              West Virginia's adult literacy organization, Literacy West Virginia, has a
              network of trained volunteers that provide confidential, individualized one-
              on-one and small group tutoring in literacy, basic skills, computer, and
              English as a Second Language (ESL).




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                                APPENDIX



                                      Section 1


            West Virginia Adult Basic
            Education: Programs and
                   Resources




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Commonly Used Acronyms


ABE           Adult Basic Education                DHHR       Department of Health and Human
ACMC          Assessment Case Management                      Resources
              Center (job placement service)       DOE        Department of Education
ADA           Americans with Disabilities Act      DOK        Depth of Knowledge (scale for
              (federal legislation)                           determining cognitive complexity)
ADD           Attention Deficit Disorder           DMR        Desktop Monitoring Report
ADHD          Attention Deficit Hyperactivity                 (AEMIS report)
              Disorder                             DRS        Division of Rehabilitation Services
AE            Adult Education                                 (Voc Rehab)
AEC           Adult Education Coordinator          EAE        Edited American English
AEMIS         Adult Education Management           ECS        Employability Competency
              Information System                              System (CASAS test)
BEP           Bureau of Employment Programs        EFF        Equipped for the Future (national
BEST          Basic English Skills Test (ESL                  standards for adult education)
              standardized test)                   EFL        Educational Functioning Level
BEST Plus     An adaptation of the Basic English              (federal NRS level)
              Skills Test (standardized oral       EIP        Employer Incentive Program (for
              English proficiency test)                       welfare recipients)
BOLT          Building Opportunities for           ELL        English Language Learner
              Learning Together (WVAEA             ER         Extended Response (test item
              student affiliate)                              type)
CAELA         Center for Adult English Language    ESL        English as a Second Language
              Acquisition                          ESOL       English for Speakers of Other
CAI           Computer Assisted Instruction                   Languages
CASAS         Comprehensive Adult Student          FIB        Fill-in-the-blank (test item type)
              Assessment System (ABE and           FFL        Federal Functioning Level (NRS
              ESL standardized tests)                         educational level)
CBE           Competency Based Education           FRN        Family Resource Network
                                                       ®
CBT           Computer-Based Testing               GED        High school equivalency test
                                                         ®                            ®
CCRS          College and Career Readiness         GEDTS      GED Testing Service
              Standards                            GWID       Governor's Workforce Investment
CCSS          Common Core State Standards                     Division
CDC           Career Development Consultant        HRDE       Human Resource Development &
              (job coach for SPOKES program)                  Education
CBO           Community Based Organization         HRDF       Human Resource Development
CFWV          College Foundation of West                      Foundation
              Virginia                             HTGR       Hit the Ground Running (work
CIMS          Continuous Improvement                          readiness curriculum)
              Monitoring System                    IDEA       Individuals with Disabilities
COABE         Commission on Adult Basic                       Education Act (federal legislation)
              Education (national professional     ITA        Individual Training Account
              organization)                                   (voucher to attend training
CPS           Class Profile Spreadsheet (AEMIS                program)
              report of items from the 400 form)   JOIN       Joint Opportunities for
CTC           Community and Technical College                 Independence (for welfare
CTE           Career and Technical Education                  recipients)
CTRC          Curriculum Technology Resource       KeyTrain   WorkKeys preparation software
              Center (provides educational         L&W        Life and Work (CASAS test)
              materials to WV educators)           LEA        Local Educational Agency
CWEP          Community Work Experience            LEO        Local Elected Official (oversee
              Program (for welfare recipients)                Workforce Investment Board)
DAEL          Division of Adult Education and      LD         Learning Disability
              Literacy (federal agency at the US   LEA        Local Educational Agency
              DOE)
DE            Distance Education

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LINCS       Literacy Information                 TESOL       Teachers of English for Speakers
            Communication System (national                   of Other Languages (professional
            online resources)                                organization)
LINKS       Lifelong Instruction in New          TIS         Technology Integration Specialist
            Knowledge and Skills (workplace      TOEFL       Test of English as a Foreign
            education in WV)                                 Language (ESL standardized test
Literacy WV State Volunteer Literacy                         used for college entry)
            Organization                         USALearns Online ESL curriculum
LNI         Payne Learning Needs Inventory       USCIS       U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
            (screening instrument)                           Services
LEP         Limited English Proficient           Vo-Tech     Vocational Technical (Career and
MC          Multiple Choice (test item type)                 Technical) School
MIS         Management Information Service       WAIS        Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale
            (computerized system for tracking                (IQ test administered by
            information)                                     psychologists)
MS          Multiple Select (test item type)     WBPL        Work-based Project Learner
NALS        National Adult Literacy Survey       WIA         Workforce Investment Act of 1998
NCAL        National Center on Adult Literacy                (federal legislation)
NCSALL      National Center for the Study of     WIAT        Wechsler Individual Achievement
            Adult Learning and Literacy                      Test (used by psychologists)
NRS         National Reporting System            WIB         Workforce Investment Board
NXGen       Next Generation (WV content          WIN         Career readiness courseware
            standards)                           WISC        Wechsler Intelligence Scale for
OIC         Opportunity Industrialization                    Children
            Center                               WorkForce West Virginia Career
                                        ™
OPT         Official GED Practice Test           WV          Centers
OVAE        Office of Vocational and Adult       WRAT        Wide Range Achievement Test
            Education (federal US DOE)                       (used by psychologists)
PD          Professional Development             WtW         Welfare to Work
PLATO       Online basic skills curriculum       WVABE       West Virginia Adult Basic
PRC         Personal Responsibility Contract                 Education
            (for WV Works customers)             WVAEA, Inc. West Virginia Adult Education
ProLiteracy Non-profit International Literacy                Association (state professional
            Organization                                     organization)
RAEC        Regional Adult Education             WVCTCS      WV Community & Technical
            Coordinator                                      College System
RESA        Regional Education Service           WVDE        West Virginia Department of
            Agency                                           Education
                                                          ®
SA          Short Answer (test item type)        WorkKeys    Standardized job skills
SBAC        Smarter Balance Assessment                       assessment
            Claims (basis for test items)        WVTESOL WV Teachers of English to
SCANS       Secretary's Commission on                        Speakers of Other Languages
            Achieving Necessary Skills                       (state professional organization)
SEA         State Educational Agency             WV Works    WV program name for TANF
SPOKES      Strategic Planning in Occupational
            Knowledge for Employment
            Success (program for welfare
            recipients)
SLN         Special Learning Needs
TABE        Test of Adult Basic Education
            (ABE standardized test)
TANF        Temporary Assistance for Needy
            Families (welfare program)
TE          Technology-enhanced (test item
            type)



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Adult Basic Education Staff

Department of Education Staff        Phone/Fax/E-mail                    Areas of Responsibility

Fran Warsing, Supervising            Phone: 304-558-8833 ext. 53503       Program Administration
Principal of Adult Programs          Fax:    304-558-5042
Office of Adult Education and        E-mail: fwarsing@access.k12.wv.us
Workforce Development
WV Department of Education
Building 6, Room 221
1900 Kanawha Blvd., East
Charleston, WV 25305-0330
Dr. Debrah Varner, Executive         Phone: 304-558-0280 ext. 53540       Program Administration
Director                             Fax:    304-558-3946                 Federal-State Legislation
Office of Adult Education and        E-mail: dvarner@access.k12.wv.us
Workforce Development
WV Department of Education
Building 6, Room 230
1900 Kanawha Blvd., East
Charleston, WV 25305-0330
Barry Kelly, Assistant Director      Phone: 304-558-0280 ext. 53456       Program Operations
Office of Adult Education and        Fax:    304-558-3946                 State Plan
Workforce Development                E-mail: bkelly@access.k12.wv.us      Federal Guidelines
WV Department of Education
Building 6, Room 230
1900 Kanawha Blvd., East
Charleston, WV 25305-0330
Mendy Marshall,                      Phone: 304-558-0280 ext. 53501         Grants/Budget/Finance
Lead Coordinator                     Fax:    304-558-3946                   AEMIS Data
Office of Adult Education and        E-mail: mamarsha@access.k12.wv.us      NRS
Workforce Development                                                       Family Literacy
WV Department of Education
Building 6, Room 230
1900 Kanawha Blvd., East
Charleston, WV 25305-0330
Deborah Conrad, Coordinator          Phone: 304-558-0280 ext. 53530       Budgets/Finance
                                                                               ®
Office of Adult Education and        Fax:    304-558-3946                 GED Scholarships
Workforce Development                E-mail: dkconrad@access.k12.wv.us    Community-based
WV Department of Education                                                 Organizations
Building 6, Room 230                                                      Workforce Investment Act
1900 Kanawha Blvd., East
Charleston, WV 25305-0330
Edward Hicks, Coordinator            Phone: 304-558-0280 ext. 53509       On-site Evaluations
Office of Adult Education and        Fax:    304-558-3946                 Public Service Training
Workforce Development                E-mail: ehicks@access.k12.wv.us
Building 6, Room 230
1900 Kanawha Blvd., East
Charleston, WV 25305-0330




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David Hollingsworth, Coordinator     Phone: 304-558-0280 ext. 53356       TANF Assessment
Office of Adult Education and        Fax:    304-558-3946                 SPOKES
Workforce Development                E-mail: dbhollin@access.k12.wv.us    WorkKeys Assessment
Building 6, Room 230
1900 Kanawha Blvd., East
Charleston, WV 25305-0330

Jacob Green, Adult Institutional     Phone: 304-558-8833 ext. 53503       Adult Institutional
Education Executive Director         Fax:    304-558-5042                  Education
Office of Adult Institutional        E-mail: jgreen@access.k12.wv.us
Education
WV Department of Education
Building 6, Room 230
1900 Kanawha Blvd., East
Charleston, WV 25305-0330

                                                                          GED Testing Guidelines
                                                                                 ®
Debra Kimbler, GED                   Phone: 304-558-6315 ext. 53529
                                                                          Free GED Campaign
                                                                                     ®
Administrator™                       Fax:    304-558-4874
                                                                          GED Diplomas/
Office of Adult Education and        E-mail: dkimbler@access.k12.wv.us          ®

Workforce Development                                                      Transcripts
WV Department of Education                                                Approval of
Building 6, Room 730B                                                      Accommodations
1900 Kanawha Blvd., East                                                  GED Examiner™
Charleston, WV 25305-0330                                                  Training
                                                                          Waiver for 16-Year-Olds
                  ®
Linda Berlin, GED Option             Phone: 304-558-6315 ext. 53531       Option Pathway
Coordinator                          Fax:    304-558-4874
Office of Adult Education and        E-mail: lberlin@access.k12.wv.us
Workforce Development
WV Department of Education
Building 6, Room 730B
1900 Kanawha Blvd., East
Charleston, WV 25305-0330




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RESA Staff                           Phone/Fax/E-mail                      Areas of Responsibility

Dr. Robin Asbury, Director           Phone: 304-695-1182 (mobile)           Workplace Education
WV Workplace Education               Fax:    304-366-2483                   WorkKeys Job Profiler
Marion County Adult & Comm.          E-mail: wvworkplace@gmail.com          Hit the Ground Running
Education Center
601 Locust Avenue
Fairmont, WV 26556
Tyann Douglas, Coordinator           Phone: 304-766-7655 ext. 123           Curriculum & Instructional
Instructional Support/DHHR                   800-257-3723 ext. 123           Support for SPOKES
Special Projects                     Mobile: 304-539-1003
RESA 3                               Fax:    304-766-7915
501 22nd Street                      E-mail: tdouglas@access.k12.wv.us
Dunbar, WV 25064                     Secretary: Christina Harper
                                     Phone: 304-766-7655 ext. 115
Kathy Hollingsworth, Coordinator     Phone: 304-766-7655 ext. 201           Public Outreach
Public Outreach/Marketing                    800-642-2670 ext. 201          Student Recruitment and
RESA 3                               Fax:    304-766-7915                    Retention
501 22nd Street                      E-mail: kwinter@access.k12.wv.us       WVABE Publications
Dunbar, WV 25064                                                            Networks Newsletter
                                                                            Student Organizations
Louise Miller, Coordinator           Phone: 304-256-4712 ext. 1122            AEMIS Data
WVABE Technology                             800-766-7372 ext. 1122           AEMIS Technical Support
RESA 1                               Mobile: 304-573-3093                     Computer Literacy
400 Neville Street                   Fax:    304-256-4683                     AEMIS User’s Guide
Beckley, WV 25801                    E-mail: louise@wvabe.org                 NRS Training
                                     Secretary: Debbie Walker, ext. 1123
                                     E-mail: debbie@wvabe.org
Cathy Shank, Coordinator             Phone: 304-766-7655 ext. 112           Professional
Professional Development                     800-257-3723 ext. 112           Development (PD)
RESA 3                               Fax:    304-766-7915                   Pre-service and
501 22nd Street                      E-mail: cshank@access.k12.wv.us         In-service Training
Dunbar, WV 25064                                                            Listservs
                                                                            English as a Second
                                                                             Language (ESL)
                                                                            BEST Assessments
                                                                            Instructor Handbook
Pam (Bryan)Young, Coordinator        Phone: 304-766-7655 ext. 212           Learning Disabilities
WVABE Special Projects                       800-257-3723 ext. 212          Special Learning Needs
RESA 3                               Fax:    304-766-7915                   Americans with
501 22nd Street                      E-mail: pbryan@access.k12.wv.us         Disabilities Act (ADA)
Dunbar, WV 25064                                                            Low-level Reading
                                                                            Youth Populations
                                                                            CASAS and TABE
                                                                             Assessment




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RESA Staff                          Phone/Fax/E-mail                              Areas of Responsibility

Ellen Killion, Specialist           Phone: 304-766-7655 ext. 202                   PLATO Training
Adult Basic Education                       800-257-3723 ext. 202                  Enrollment and
RESA 3                              Fax:    304-766-7915                            Placement of Distance
501 22nd Street                     E-mail: ekillion@access.k12.wv.us               Education Students
Dunbar, WV 25064                                                                   Instructor Handbook


Tina White, Specialist              Phone: 304-487-8870                            Workplace Education
Workplace Education                 Fax:    304-487-3203
Mercer Co. Workforce WV Ctr.        E-mail: tnmwhite@access.k12.wv.us
195 Davis Street, Suite #112
Princeton, WV 24740



   Assessment Specialists                       Phone/Fax/E-mail                       Counties Served

Craig Bias                          Phone: 304-766-7655 ext. 128                  Brooke       Ohio
RESA 3                                      800-257-3723 ext. 128                 Cabell       Pleasants
501 22nd Street                     Fax:    304-766-7915                          Calhoun      Putnam
Dunbar, WV 25064                    E-mail: cgabias@access.k12.wv.us              Doddridge    Ritchie
                                                                                  Gilmer       Roane
                                                                                  Hancock      Tyler
                                                                                  Jackson      Wayne
                                                                                  Kanawha      Wetzel
                                                                                  Lincoln      Wirt
                                                                                  Marshall     Wood
                                                                                  Mason
John Hull                           Phone: 304-636-9195 ext. 110                  Barbour      Pendleton
Randolph County Technical           Fax:    304-636-9167                          Braxton      Pocahontas
Center                              E-mail: jhhull@access.k12.wv.us               Grant        Preston
200 Kennedy Drive                                                                 Hardy        Randolph
Elkins, WV 26241                                                                  Harrison     Taylor
                                                                                  Lewis        Tucker
                                                                                  Marion       Upshur
                                                                                  Monongalia   Webster
Rhea Peavler                        Phone: 304-267-3387                           Berkeley     Mineral
Berkeley SPOKES                     Fax:    304-267-3389                          Hampshire    Morgan
184 Lutz Avenue                     E-mail: thepeavlers@comcast.net               Jefferson
Martinsburg, WV 25404
Samuel Smith                        Phone: 304-256-4712 ext. 1106                 Boone        Mingo
RESA 1                              Fax:    304-256-4683                          Clay         Monroe
400 Neville Street                  E-mail: sam.smith@access.k12.wv.us            Fayette      Nicholas
Beckley, WV 25801                                                                 Greenbrier   Raleigh
                                                                                  Logan        Summers
                                                                                  McDowell     Wyoming
                                                                                  Mercer

                         Use the Adult Education Hotline, 1-800-642-2670, to connect
                    with statewide staff members without incurring long distance charges.


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Regional Adult Education Coordinators

        Name/Address                   Phone/Fax/E-mail/Secretary             Counties Served
 RESA 1                              Phone: 304-256-4712 ext. 1117         McDowell     Raleigh
 Shawn Cook, Regional Adult                  800-766-7372 ext. 1117        Mercer       Summers
 Education Coordinator               Fax:    304-256-4683                  Monroe       Wyoming
 RESA 1,                             E-mail: shcook@access.k12.wv.us
 400 Neville Street
 Beckley, WV 25801                   Secretary: Nancy Shannon, ext. 1130
                                     E-mail: nshannon@access.k12.wv.us
 RESA 2                              Phone: 304-766-7655 ext. 113          Cabell       Mason
 Marie Bias-Jones, Regional                  800-257-3723 ext. 113         Lincoln      Mingo
 Adult Education Coordinator         Fax:    304-766-7915                  Logan        Wayne
 RESA 3                              E-mail: mbjones@access.k12.wv.us
        nd
 501 22 Street
 Dunbar, WV 25064                    Secretary: Vicki Moss, ext. 222
                                     E-mail: vmoss@access.k12.wv.us
 RESA 3                              Phone: 304-766-7655 ext. 113          Boone        Kanawha
 Marie Bias-Jones, Regional                  800-257-3723 ext. 113         Clay         Putnam
 Adult Education Coordinator         Fax:    304-766-7915
 RESA 3                              E-mail: mbjones@access.k12.wv.us
        nd
 501 22 Street
 Dunbar, WV 25064                    Secretary: Vicki Moss, ext. 222
                                     E-mail: vmoss@access.k12.wv.us
 RESA 4                              Phone: 304-256-4712 ext. 1117         Braxton      Nicholas
 Shawn Cook, Regional Adult                  800-766-7372 ext. 1117        Fayette      Pocahontas
 Education Coordinator               Fax:    304-256-4683                  Greenbrier   Webster
 RESA 1                              E-mail: shcook@access.k12.wv.us
 400 Neville Street
 Beckley, WV 25801                   Secretary: Nancy Shannon, ext. 1130
                                     E-mail: nshannon@access.k12.wv.us
 RESA 5                              Phone: 304-485-6513 ext. 1320         Calhoun      Roane
 Dianna Flanagan, Regional Adult             (866) 232-7372 ext. 1320      Jackson      Tyler
 Education Coordinator               Fax:    304-485-6515                  Pleasants    Wirt
 RESA V                              E-mail: dflanaga@access.k12.wv.us     Ritchie      Wood
 2507 9th Avenue
 Parkersburg, WV 26101-4198          Secretary: Janet Barrett, ext. 1321
                                     E-mail: jbarrettabe@aol.com
 RESA 6                              Phone: 304-231-3819                   Brooke       Wetzel
 Kim McConnaughy,                            800-234-7372                  Hancock      Ohio
 Regional Adult Education            Fax:    304-243-0443                  Marshall
 Coordinator                         E-mail: kmcconna@access.k12.wv.us
 RESA 6
 30 G. C. & P. Road                  Secretary: Patti Dei, ext. 3801
 Wheeling, WV 26003-6129             E-mail: pdei@access.k12.wv.us




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 RESA 7                              Phone: 304-624-6554 ext. 241         Barbour     Monongalia
 Anne Johnson, Regional Adult                800-427-3600 ext. 241        Doddridge   Preston
 Education Coordinator               Fax:    304-624-5223                 Gilmer      Randolph
 RESA 7                              E-mail: anjohnso@access.k12.wv.us    Harrison    Taylor
 1201 N. 15th Street                                                      Lewis       Tucker
 Clarksburg, WV 26301                Secretary: Frank Hathaway ext. 261   Marion      Upshur
                                     E-mail: dhathawa@access.k12.wv.us
 RESA 8                              Phone: 304-267-3595 ext. 122         Berkeley    Mineral
 Beverly Baccala, Regional Adult             800-367-3728 ext. 122        Grant       Morgan
 Education Coordinator               Fax:    304-267-3599                 Hampshire   Pendleton
 RESA 8                              E-mail: bbaccala@access.k12.wv.us    Hardy
 109 S. College Street                                                    Jefferson
 Martinsburg, WV 25401               Secretary: Lori Smith ext. 127
                                     E-mail: lbsmith@access.k12.wv.us




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                      Resources for the
                       Adult Educator




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National and State Special Needs Hotline Directory

The Beehive                                      WV tools and information to help manage the
http://wv.thebeehive.org/                        challenges of everyday life.

BeeLocal                                         Search for information about: education, family services,
http://beelocal.thebeehive.org/                  financial help, food and clothing, health, job assistance,
                                                 legal services, housing, transportation, etc.

Center for Excellence in Disabilities            Works to enhance the quality of life of individuals of all
http://wvats.cedwvu.org/hrsabrochure/index.p     ages with developmental and other disabilities. Includes
hp                                               news, resources, employment, etc.

Disabilities Resources.org                       An extensive list of links to nonprofit organizations and
http://www.disabilityresources.org/WEST-         government agencies serving people with disabilities in
VIRGINIA.html                                    West Virginia.


Internet Special Education Resources             ISER is a directory of professionals, organizations, and
http://www.iser.com/index.shtml                  schools that serve the learning disabilities and special
                                                 education communities. They help parents find local
                                                 special education professionals for learning disabilities
                                                 and attention deficit disorder assessment, therapy,
                                                 advocacy, critical teen issues, and other special needs.

West Virginia Advocates Resources                West Virginia Advocates (WVA) advocates for the legal
http://wvadvocates.org/index.php/resources/p     and human rights of people with disabilities. This site
ublications/brochures/employment-programs/       contains a list of resources that are available to people
                                                 with disabilities. It includes information on the American
                                                 Disabilities Act (ADA), assistive technology, education,
                                                 employment, etc.

West Virginia Department of Health and           Federal and WV State governments operate a number
Human Resources Hotlines                         of toll-free resource hotlines to provide information
http://www.wvdhhr.org/hotlinenumbers.asp         about various health and human services topics. This
                                                 site lists these resources along with their toll-free
                                                 numbers and website addresses.

West Virginia State Resources                    List of resources for people with specials needs.
http://www.autism-pdd.net/links/wvirginia.html

WV211.org                                        This site contains a searchable database of various
http://www.wv211.org/                            health and human services agencies available in West
                                                 Virginia. Topics include a wide range of services
                                                 including legal, medical, support groups, employment,
                                                 youth development, education, etc.




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College Resources

         ®
The ACT                                           Access free samples of test questions, tips for test
http://actstudent.org/sampletest/index.html       taking, as well as descriptions of the ACT test.

http://www.act.org/compass/sample/                Samples of test questions for the COMPASS test.

http://actstudent.org/college/index.html          Get information on college planning such as applying for
                                                  college, academic preparation, and choosing a college;
                                                  includes a college planning checklist.


AdultStudent.com                                  Adult Student.com is an incredibly helpful web site for
http://www.adultstudent.com/student/slinks.ht     students and practitioners. The student side contains
ml#job                                            links to support services, useful web sites, and tools to
                                                  improve study skills and to develop goals. The
                                                  practitioner side contains links to articles to better
                                                  understand adult learning and research.


College Foundation of West Virginia               CFWV is a web-based career and educational planning
(CFWV)                                            system that is sponsored by the College Foundation of
http://www.cfwv.com                               West Virginia (CFWV), a partnership between the
                                                  Governor’s Job Cabinet, the Higher Education Policy
                                                  Commission, the Community and Technical College
For a list of colleges and universities in West   Council, and a host of individual college access entities,
Virginia, visit the following CFWV page:          such as GEAR UP, who have broad expertise in helping
https://secure.cfwv.com/College_Planning/Exp      students prepare for college. CFWV provides students
lore_Schools/Search_for_Colleges/Search_for       and their families with the resources needed to make
_Colleges.aspx.                                   informed choices regarding college attendance and the
                                                  options available pertaining to preparation, college
                                                  selection, and financial assistance. Under the financial
                                                  aid planning link, students can learn more about
                                                  financial aid resources available such as grants, loans,
                                                  and scholarships as well as how to apply for them.


College is Possible for Adults                    This brochure is developed in conjunction with the
http://www.acenet.edu/bookstore/pdf/2003_cip      American Council on Education is geared towards adult
_3fold.pdf                                        learners who want to go to college. It walks the student
                                                  through each step necessary to prepare such as
                                                  choosing the right program, getting credit for prior
                                                  learning, and the myths and realities about going to
                                                  college

The National College Transition Network -         This website helps student with career planning, college
College for Adults                                selection, and the application process. There are also
http://www.collegeforadults.org                   suggested ways at this site to pay for college as well as
                                                  resources to help a person prepare for college-level
                                                  work.

Postsecondary Education Opportunity               Great web site for statistical information on
http://www.postsecondary.org/                     postsecondary issues. Free downloads of 8½ x 11
                                                  posters in full color for your classrooms.

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Test Prep Preview                                 Your source for free online practice tests including the
http://www.testprepreview.com/compass_prac        ACT, SAT, Accuplacer, COMPASS, and many more.
tice.htm


Health Services Resources

Local Guides                                      Provides a list of support groups that available in West
http://westvirginia.localguides.com/ypcyellow/s   Virginia.
upport_groups.html?utm_source=google_stat
e&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=ypc

MagicYellow Online Yellow Pages                   Lists health clubs that are available in West Virginia.
http://www.magicyellow.com/listings.cfm?curr      Database is searchable by location.
entCatName=Health+Clubs&keywords=Healt
h+Clubs&majorcity=&state=WV

National Association of Community Health          Community Health Centers—also known as Federally
Centers                                           Qualified Health Centers, or FQHCs—provide care
http://www.nachc.org/findahealthcenter.cfm?g      regardless of your insurance status or ability to
clid=CLTv1s-tsqYCFQJN4Aod7Qming                   pay. One can search the database by state/city/address
                                                  in order to locate the nearest Community Health Center.

SAMHSA: Substance Abuse and Mental                This site includes a searchable database in which one
Health Services Administration                    can locate mental health service resources by state and
http://store.samhsa.gov/mhlocator                 location.




Hearing Resources

Hearing Resources Links of Interest               Provides a list of links to resources for those who are
http://wvde.state.wv.us/osp/hearinglinks.html     deaf or hearing impaired.

Lion’s Club International                         This organization may help with hearing aids or make
http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/index.php            referrals for those needing assistance with hearing aids.
                                                  This program is for low-income clients and referrals are
                                                  made through the Division of Rehabiliation Services
                                                  Coordinator. She collects information and passes it on
                                                  to the appropriate Lion’s Club group, which then sends
                                                  out a written application to the client.

Quota International of Charleston                 The Club sponsors a hearing aid bank for individuals
www.unitedwaycwv.org                              with hearing-impairment who are financially unable to
                                                  purchase hearing aids. These hearing aids are behind-
                                                  the-ear type aids which have been donated to the Club.
                                                  Although they have been used, they have been checked
                                                  for performance and if necessary have been repaired or
                                                  reconditioned. These hearing aids are provided to
                                                  qualified individuals at no charge. There are several
                                                  participating certified audiologists, licensed to dispense

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                                                hearing aids, who will provide their services (fitting,
                                                evaluation, counseling) at no charge. The individual
                                                receiving the hearing aid is responsible for obtaining
                                                his/her hearing evaluation and for purchasing the
                                                earmold and batteries.

WV Commission for the Deaf and Hard-of-         Information and referral services are offered through this
Hearing                                         agency for persons who are deaf and hard-of-hearing
www.wvdhhr.org/wvcdhh/                          directing them to available community resources. WV
                                                Commission for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing also
                                                keeps a registry of certified interpreters for the deaf
                                                throughout the state. This agency also has a loan
                                                program whereby qualified individuals can receive
                                                telephonic communication devices. Their website has
                                                the necessary forms that need to be filled out to qualify
                                                for this loan program. Information about laws relating
                                                discrimination and the Americans with Disabilities Act
                                                can also be accessed through this Commission.

WV Division of Rehabilitation Services          The agency offers special training for persons who are
www.wvdrs.org                                   deaf and hard-of-hearing including: a life-skills program,
                                                independent living, developmental education and
                                                speech therapy. Audiologists and interpreters are
                                                available to assist students. Field counselors are also
                                                available, through this office, in local areas to assist with
                                                college tuition and entry to other training programs. In
                                                order for persons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing to
                                                access Rehabilitation Services, application must be
                                                made through a local field counselor. Local counselors
                                                can be identified by calling the numbers listed at the
                                                right.



Legal Information

Legal Aid of West Virginia                           This organization provides free advocacy services
http://www.lawv.net/                                 for civil legal problems and offers long-term care
                                                     ombudsman and behavioral health advocacy
                                                     programs. On this site you will find information
                                                     about the organization as well as locations for their
                                                     offices.

NOLO Law for All                                     Provides information regarding West Virginia laws
http://www.nolo.com/legal-                           as well as legal information on various issues.
encyclopedia/content/west-virginia-laws-and-legal-
information.html




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Regional Family Resource Networks

Barbour County                                         Lewis County
http://www.barbourfrn.org/                             http://www.wvlewisfrn.com/

Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan Counties                   Marshall County
http://familyresourcenetworkotp.org/resources.html     http://www.marshallcountyfrn.com/

Boone, Kanawha, Putnam Counties                        Monongalia County
http://regionalfrn.org/resources.html                  http://mcfrn.weebly.com/resources.html


Calhoun County                                         Raleigh County
http://www.calhounfrn.net/                             http://www.raleighcountyfrn.org/

Fayette County                                         Randolph County
http://www.fayettefrn.com/                             http://www.rcfrn.org/


Grant, Hardy, Hampshire and Pendleton Counties         Wayne County
http://www.erfrn.org/                                  http://www.waynefrn.org/

Harrison County                                        Webster County
http://harrisoncountyfrn.com/about.cfm                 http://www.wcfrn.com/




Vision Resources

Blind/Visually Impaired Special Education       Provides a list of resources for blind/visually impaired
Resources                                       persons and those who work with them.
http://wvde.state.wv.us/osp/vi/resources.html

Lions Club International                        This organization may pay for eye exams; as well as
(referrals are made through the Division of     glasses, for low-income clients. Referrals are made
Rehabilitation Services)                        through the Division of Rehabilitation Services Vision
www.wvdrs.org                                   coordinator. Information is collected and passed on to
                                                the appropriate Lion’s Club group, which then sends out
                                                a written application to the client. When making a
                                                referral, have the following information available:

                                                    Client’s Name, Address, Telephone Number, Age,
                                                     Social Security #, Date of Birth, Marital Status,
                                                     Spouse’s Name, Number of Dependent Children,
                                                     Monthly Income, Source of Income
                                                    Does client wear glasses now?
                                                    Date of last eye exam and examiner’s name




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The National Eye Care Project                   This program provides medical and surgical eye care to
Senior Eye Care                                 disadvantaged elderly people. Qualified patients receive
www.eyecareamerica.org                          treatment at no cost (eye glasses, prescription drugs,
                                                hospital services and other medical services are not
                                                covered.) Doctors may be able to give prescriptions for
                                                eye glasses, but that is not the primary function or
                                                interest of this program. The program is primarily
                                                interested in assisting those with cataracts, glaucoma,
                                                diabetes, and macular degeneration (when you can’t
                                                see the center). To qualify, the applicant must be a
                                                U.S. Citizen or legal resident, 65 or older, and not
                                                have access to an ophthalmologist seen in the past.


National Library Service for the Blind and      This organization loans, by postage-free mail, free-of-
Physically Handicapped                          charge: books, recordings, listening equipment, musical
WV Library Commission                           scores, instructional tests, talking books on disk and
www.loc.gov/nls                                 phonograph, talking books on audiocassette, specially
http://librarycommission.lib.wv.us              designed audiocassette tape players, large print books,
                                                and Braille books. Call for an application for free library
                                                service. Qualifications are: blindness; visual or physical
                                                handicap which prevents reading standard text; learning
                                                disability which affects reading. Application must be
                                                signed by a medical doctor or osteopath


Reading Ally (formerly RFBD: Recording          This program has an extensive lending library of
for the Blind and Dyslexic)                     educational and professional books on audiocassette
http://www.learningally.org/                    tape and on computer disk (requires special equipment).
                                                Books on audiocassette are loaned to people with print
                                                disabilities and must be played on specially designed
                                                tape recorders, which can be borrowed from the
                                                National Library Service for the Blind and Physically
                                                Handicapped listed below. A one-time registration fee of
                                                $50, plus an additional $25 per year is required. To
                                                qualify, one must experience blindness, low vision,
                                                physical or learning disabilities.


American Optometric Association                 This program provides comprehensive eye health
(formerly Vision U.S.A.)                        examinations and, sometimes, even eyeglasses. In
www.aoa.org                                     order to qualify, the applicant must:
                                                   be employed or living in a household with one
                                                     working member of the family
                                                   not be covered by health insurance (including
                                                     Medicaid or Medicare)
                                                   have a low income for the size of the household
                                                   have had no eye exam in the last two years
                                                   complete an application or be screened by
                                                     telephone




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