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Welcome to Vermont Adult Learning!

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 a 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

Introducing VAL’s New Executive Director, Tara Brooks! (7/1/2024) - Vermont Adult Learning has welcomed Tara Brooks as our new Executive Director! Tara, a lifelong Vermonter from Addison County, is dedicated to being a compassionate leader who focuses on building community and creating a positive and productive work environment that inspires people to be their best selves. Tara believes in leading with kindness, humor, and humility and creating a space where everyone feels safe to share their thoughts and ideas. Check out Tara's staff profile below and head over to our Leadership Page to read her formal bio! Where were you born? Middlebury, Vermont  What is your educational background? I went…

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VT’s Adult Education and Literacy Network – Advocating for Learners Statewide (6/13/2024) - Did you know Vermont Adult Learning is the largest of four Adult Education and Literacy providers around the state? Over the last few years, we have been working more closely as a network with Central Vermont Adult Education, Northeast Kingdom Learning Services, and The Tutorial Center to advance advocacy efforts at the statehouse to help legislators understand our learners and the positive impact adult education can have on one’s well-being and economic stability. Check out the above infographic for some statistics of interest and testimonials from our learners! Over the course of the latest Legislative Session, a major change was…

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Pride Month Reflection on Student and Educator Rights (6/11/2024) - Did you know it is not uncommon for older high school students to leave the traditional school system due to bullying or harassment, unaddressed learning difficulties, and/or an increased need for social/emotional support? LGBTQ+ students are no exception, often navigating both overt forms of bullying and more insidious microaggressions from others such as intentionally using one's incorrect pronoun (misgendering) or name (deadnaming). As a resource for education, VT Adult Learning strives to create a safe and welcoming environment where students and staff can feel a true sense of belonging and confidently focus on their learning goals. This Pride Month, we…

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Save the Dates – Lawson’s Finest Liquids Sunshine Fund to Benefit VAL August 16-31 (6/6/2024) - Summer schedules fill up fast, so be sure to mark your calendars for a visit to Lawson's Finest Liquids! From August 16-31, 100% of donations made in their taproom will go to VT Adult Learning in support of our programs and services. You don't have to wait to show your support! Make a secure online donation before July 1 to help us meet our annual fundraising goal. DONATE

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Fitness Reflections: How VAL Students Benefit from Physical Education (5/28/2024) - Adult learners are no exception when it comes to getting those PhysEd credits! High School Completion students from our Springfield Learning Center recently shared some reflections on physical education and how learning about health and fitness has benefited them: “Focusing on my personal fitness has made me realize (more than I already knew) how out of shape I was and how poor my diet was. After starting an exercise and stretching routine many of my muscles became very sore from lack of use. I feel my mood started to improve some after starting the exercise and diet changes which was…

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