ADULT EDUCATION Volume 2/Issue 13
AACAE Conference Page 1-2
COABE Page 2
SNAP E&T Page 3
Helpful Resources Page 4
Office Move Page 4
2019-2020 AACAE Officers IN THIS ISSUE
The 2019 Arkansas Association of Continuing and Adult Education (AACAE)
Conference was held November 6-8 at the Hotel Hot Springs. Conference
attendance continues to grow with over 300 registered attendees this year. All
benefitted from networking opportunities and professional development
sessions covering instructional strategies, transitions, technology, parental
involvement and workforce initiatives. The Adult Learning Alliance also had a
strand of workshops.
This year the AACAE Executive Board carefully chose the theme, “Educate,
Engage, Elevate,” to acknowledge our connection to our national organization,
COABE, and to inspire attendees to spend this time learning and connecting
with colleagues. Regina Olson (2018-19 AACAE President) commented in the
Executive Board message to conference participants that “Adult Education is
an ever changing world, and we can all be better, together.”
The keynote speaker for the conference was Ashley Johnson Cross. Cross is currently the CEO & Founder of BIG
Consulting, where she upskills and educates clients how to bridge the gap between ideas and implementation. As an
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services Corporate Business Engagement Manager turned Consultant, she has undoubtedly
made her mark as not only a highly recruited motivational speaker across the country, but as a trainer and author,
passionate about helping organizations improve productivity by employing creativity.
The Arkansas Adult Learning Resource Center sponsored a pre-conference training on November 6. The pre-
conference was comprised of two half-day sessions Google Boot Camp and Integrating Digital Literacy and Problem
Solving into the Curriculum. The pre-conference gave participants ideas and curriculum that can be used immediately
with students and shared with colleagues.
Visit AACAE’s Facebook page to see photos from this year’s conference.
2019 AACAE Conference Held
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AACAE Conference Award Winners
Each year the AACAE recognizes outstanding administrators,
teachers, paraprofessionals and community supporters. The
2019-20 AACAE award winners were named during a conference
luncheon on November 7.
ASU Newport (Jonesboro)
Outstanding Adult Education Teacher
Cossatot Community College of the UA
Luther H. Black Outstanding Adult Education Administrator
Black River Technical College
Outstanding Adult Education Supporter
Bob Ware, UA Monticello (McGehee)
Nominated by Dorissa Kaufman
2019-20 AACAE Slate of Officers
The 2019-20 AACAE slate of officers have been called into
Carol Birth, Phillips Community College of UA Adult Education
Anne Bonkofsky, Russellville Adult Education
Dorissa Kaufman, UA Monticello/McGehee Adult Education
LaCarol Clement, Lonoke-Prairie Counties Adult Education
Terrell Washington, ASU MidSouth Adult Education
Regina Olson, Arkansas Technical University-Ozark
COABE has announced that the 2020 national
conference will take place in Baltimore, Maryland from
April 5 to April 8, 2020 at the beautiful Baltimore
Marriott Waterfront. This conference will be held in
partnership with COABE’s Maryland affiliate, the
Maryland Association for Adult, Community, and
Continuing Education (MAACCE). The conference will
showcase national level presenters, keynote speakers,
and trending topics in the field. Start planning now for
this signature event!
Remember, your membership in AACAE gives you
membership to COABE.
Conference registration is now open. To take
advantage of early bird rates, register by February 14,
2020. Members save $75 on their registration. Visit
https://coabe.org/conference-2020/ for conference
details and updates.
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What’s Happening with SNAP E&T
Tina Hopkins, SNAP E&T Coordinator in Marion county has
partnered with an adult education instructor to facilitate a managed
enrollment class which focused on soft skills and financial literacy
skills. The class was referred to as “Job Club” with the students.
Recently, Jason Alexander who is one of the students who has been
participating in the Job Club, landed a full time job. He attributed his
success to the participation in Job Club.
Jason was required to take a math test and because of his high score,
he said they were going to go ahead and promote him beyond an
entry level position. He gave credit to the math instruction he has
been receiving at ASU Mountain Home Adult Education and his
financial literacy class.
Also, there were three separate interviews in which he was able to
apply soft skills he acquired from Job Club participation.
He has joined our ASU Mountain Home GED program and is currently
seeking his credential. He would like to further his education and get
a certificate at ASUMH that would allow him to re-enter the field of
surveying, but in a more administrative capacity.
Brandon quit high school after completing the 10th
grade. He intended to get his GED® but never got
around to it. DHS referred Brandon to Faulkner County
SNAP Employment and Training in July of 2019. He
enrolled in the program July 29th. To say Brandon was
shy and lacked confidence is an extreme
understatement. Brandon completed the enrollment
process and during the TABE assessment, he scored very
well. That gave him the confidence he needed to
commit to managed enrollment GED classes in Conway.
Brandon came to class 20 hours a week and in just four
weeks – he earned his GED. In the beginning of the third
week, Brandon mentioned he didn’t feel well. The
instructors tried to get him to go home early that day,
but Brandon insisted on completing his day. He called
the next morning to let us know he wouldn’t be in class,
because he’d gone to the Emergency Room the night
before with that same pain. They had to do an
emergency appendectomy. He returned the following
Monday, brushed up and took his Math test, which was
the last test for him to earn his GED diploma.
When asked for his comments, Brandon said “this
(earning his GED) happened so fast and it has opened up
so many opportunities for me that I didn’t have before”.
He said coming to Adult Education classes was “kind of
what I expected but I didn’t know I would have someone
working with me and guiding me like Ms. Vicki (Shadell)
does. That is pretty cool to have a coach/case manager”.
Brandon has transitioned in to WAGE classes and is
currently working on Employability and Customer
Service Certificates while looking into opportunities for
vocational training. Brandon is a smart, capable young
man with an excellent work ethic.
Kayla Lentz & Kasey Carroway
Kayla Lentz has been working hard towards getting her GED. She
has completed all but one of the tests and is working on getting her
math part of her GED completed as well. Kayla's process has not
been an easy one, but she has worked hard and is excited to be
finished soon. She has successfully completed Job Club, which
allowed her to create an updated resume that helped her to recently
get a job at Hardee's in Cabot. After she completes her GED, she
hopes to work towards getting her phlebotomy license and possibly
going on to become a registered nurse.
Kasey Carroway was only in the E&T program for a very short period
of time. During that time, Dorothy Kelley, Lonoke County SNAP
E&T Coordinator, learned that he had tried to go to college before
but overwhelmed himself with too many hours. He was interested
in going back, but didn't have anyone to help him with the process
necessary for re-enrollment. Ms. Kelly helped Kasey to re-apply, fill
out the FAFSA, and gain some computer skills so he would be more
confident in completing the online portion of school that is required
of all college students now.
Kasey has been accepted into ASU-Beebe, and is currently working
on his general education classes. Kasey would like to become a
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Find professional development opportunities offered by the
Arkansas Adult Learning Resource Center (AALRC)
Stay up to date with adult education’s national organization,
the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE)
Division of Workforce Services
Arkansas Department of Commerce
1 Commerce Way
Little Rock, AR 72202