Snyder: $1.02 million grant coming to Intermediate Unit 1

Adult Basic Education gets boost in Greene, Fayette, Washington

CARMICHAELS, June 6 – A $1.02 million state grant to the Intermediate Unit 1 announced today by state Rep. Pam Snyder will assist the Adult Basic Education and literacy effort in Greene, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

Snyder, who received notice from the state Department of Education that the grant is being awarded, said it provides a significant boost to the IU 1’s efforts.

“These grants are awarded to assist adults to become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and economic self-sufficiency,” said Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Westmoreland. “Another prong is assisting adults in attaining a secondary school diploma and in the transition to postsecondary education and training – including through career pathways.”

Snyder said two other objectives of the grant, depending on community need, are:

  • Assisting adults who are parents or family members to obtain the education and skills that are necessary to becoming full partners in the educational development of their children and lead to sustainable improvements in the economic opportunities for their family; and
  • Assisting immigrants and other individuals who are English language learners in improving their reading, writing, speaking and comprehension skills in English, improving their mathematics skills and acquiring an understanding of the American system of government, individual freedom and the responsibilities of citizenship.

Snyder said eligible applicants for these grants include school districts, libraries, volunteer literacy organizations, public housing authorities, community colleges and public and private nonprofit agencies.