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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

Staff Profile: Tara (4/19/2024) - Meet Tara, the newest addition to VAL's Leadership Team, in our latest staff profile! Name: Tara Farrell Role at VAL: Director of Human Resources Where were you born? Burlington, Vermont. But I grew up in Jericho, and consider Richmond my second hometown. What is your educational background? I graduated from Rice in South Burlington and moved to South Carolina where I attended Greenville Technical College. I eventually moved to the beach and earned a BS in Economics from the College of Charleston.  Interesting past job? I spent a summer working as a temp for New England Air Systems as a sheet fabricator for…

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Amanda: The best thing about all of this is wanting to do it (4/16/2024) - As a student in grade school, Amanda excelled at math and working with her hands. Reading and writing, however, always posed a challenge and she ultimately graduated with a low reading level. “I’d been out of school for probably 34-35 years and I had not yet gotten above maybe low fourth-grade level,” Amanda shared. Over the years, Amanda has relied on the help of friends, family, and the occasional passerby to assist with spur-of-the-moment needs like reading directions to find her way around. “I don’t mind asking questions and I’m not afraid to ask for help.” As a small business…

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Staff Profile: Nina (4/15/2024) - Name: Nina Halsted Role at VAL: Student Support Specialist at Springfield Learning Center and Educational Advisor at White River Junction Learning Center Where were you born? I was born in Chicago, Illinois. I was actually born on N Halsted St believe it or not. From the time I was two years old and onwards, I grew up at 9,000 feet in Gilpin County, Colorado.  What is your educational background? I went to Colorado State University in Fort Collins Colorado to pursue my Bachelor of Science in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability for three years. I eventually transferred to University of Colorado-Boulder and…

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English Language Learners Enjoy Immersive Opportunities Across Regions (4/11/2024) - Learning a new language can be a challenge, but with the support of VAL’s compassionate English Language Learning (ELL) instructors, it becomes a journey filled with exciting discoveries! Students in our ELL programs have enjoyed several opportunities over the past year to dive into immersive experiences that bring the English language to life. Last summer, Maureen Cavanagh and Julia DiPietro from our Chittenden County Learning Center teamed up to teach a special English class focused on exploring Burlington's vibrant community. Visiting landmarks including the Fletcher Free Library, Church Street, ECHO Science Center, Flynn Theater, and City Hall, students had the…

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Celebrating National Volunteer Month (4/9/2024) - April is National Volunteer Month, and an opportunity to express our gratitude for the many VAL volunteers who donate their time to help our students shine! Our volunteers contribute to our mission by helping learners: Strengthen their reading, writing, math and/or computer skills Learn English Prepare for the GED, TABE and/or Citizenship exam Realize their educational and career goals And more! If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering with Vermont Adult Learning, please contact the Learning Center nearest you.

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