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Vermont Adult Learning helps adult learners, ages 16 and older, acquire reading, writing, math, and computer skills to earn high school diplomas/GEDs. We teach English Language Learners skills to advance educationally and at work. We engage in workforce development. Our services are offered at no cost and are available in person and online.  Text VAL to 833-900-0907 or contact our Learning Center nearest to you to learn more!

Interested in remote learning? Check out VAL’s Online Learning Center (OLC) course catalog.

Note for in-person learning: We no longer require masks in our learning centers. Anyone at high risk or wishing to continue wearing a mask for other reasons is welcome to do so. We will continue to have masks available in our centers for those who need them.

Those who choose to wear a mask do so because it is a decision they have made for their health and safety. Vermont Adult Learning expects that decision to be respected. If you have concerns about your safety, please let us know so we can discuss options to address them.

Learning Matters Blog and VAL Updates

Staff Profile: Ashlee (11/30/2023) - Meet Ashlee, one of the friendly folks working with adult learners in Addison County! Get to know Ashlee in the latest installment of our staff Q&A series. Name: Ashlee Monk Role at VAL: Student Support Specialist and Center Coordinator in Addison County Educational Background: I hold an A.A. in General Education from Brevard Community College, a B.A. in Elementary Education from Flagler College, and an M.Ed. in Counselor Education from the University of Central Florida. Interesting past job? I used to administer cognitive tests for a psychiatrist’s office for patients who were suspected of having dementia or for those with traumatic…

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Give the Gift of Education (11/28/2023) - Our Annual Appeal letter recently hit the mail! We shared some words of gratitude from our students and staff, but that's not all - we also announced that after 5 1/2 years leading VAL as Executive Director, Hal Cohen will be embracing his next chapter as a doting grandfather and retiring at the end of December! In lieu of a #GivingTuesday campaign, we invite you to make a gift in honor of Hal's guidance in fulfilling our mission. Visit tinyurl.com/HAL4VAL23 to make a secure online donation and give the gift of education today!

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The image explains that we are closed on November 23 for Thanksgiving and November 24 for Native American Heritage Day. It is illustrated by three line drawings of pumpkins and gourds. Closed for Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Day (11/22/2023) - VAL offices will be closed on Thursday, November 23 for Thanksgiving, and Friday, November 24 for Native American Heritage Day. Interested in learning more about the history of Vermont's Native population? Check out our recent Indigenous People's Day post in which we shared several resources for learning more about our four state-recognized Abenaki Tribes!

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Emilie: I want to share my story because I think it breaks down barriers… (11/20/2023) - Rep. Emilie Krasnow is more than just a state legislator - she’s also a VAL graduate! Her story is one of challenges, resilience, and self-actualization. Emilie’s life took a turn in 7th grade when her father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. By 8th grade, at the age of 13, she found herself navigating a new normal after his passing, just as she was on the brink of transitioning to high school. Despite the best efforts of her teachers during her freshman year at CVU in Hinesburg, Emilie struggled to be present in her learning. An Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) and…

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