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1/7/2019 Media Advisory: Adult education commission meets next week
STATE HOUSE – A legislative commission studying the appropriate state agency to house Rhode Island’s adult education programs will meet next week for presentations from the Department of Labor and Training and the commissioner of postsecondary education.

The Senate Commission to Conduct a Comprehensive Review and make Recommendations Regarding the Appropriate State Agency to House Adult Education will meet Monday, Jan. 14, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Senate Lounge on the second floor of the State House.

The commission’s agenda includes a presentation by the Department of Labor and Training on Maryland’s Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning, including Maryland’s available programs and pathways to employment; and a presentation from Rhode Island Commissioner of Postsecondary Education Brenda Dann-Messier, who will discuss adult education, including connecting adult learners to postsecondary opportunities.   

The commission was created by legislation (2018-S 2960) sponsored last year by Sen. Harold M. Metts (D-Dist. 6, Providence) to explore whether the state’s adult education programs should remain under the purview of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. While the majority of states administer their adult education programs through their K-12 education agency, 19 states run those programs though their department of higher education, their department of labor or workforce development or their department of community and technical colleges. The commission is to consider the possible advantages of moving adult programs to another agency.


For more information, contact:
Greg Pare, Press Secretary for the Senate
State House Room 314
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 276-5558