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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 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

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (9/21/2023) - September 15 - October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrating the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States! Interested in learning more? We've gathered a few links where you can read articles, view online exhibits, and access educational resources for both teachers and students! Resources for Teachers (via PBS) Resources for Students (via PBS) General Resources (via Archives.gov)

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Student Writing: Summer English Class in Burlington (9/18/2023) - This summer, Maureen Cavanaugh and Julia DiPietro co-taught a summer English class with a focus on learning about the Burlington community. Here is their students’ story, written by a fantastic group of students! Summer English Class This summer we visited five important places in Burlington.  The first place we walked to was the Fletcher Free Library. We got library cards. We borrowed books. It was our first time talking as a group. The second place we visited was Church Street. We saw four murals. The biggest mural showed Vermont’s four seasons. We saw the Crow Bookstore, eight restaurants, Ben and…

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Upcoming Know Your Rights Workshop: Disability Awareness (9/15/2023) - We are excited to announce the dates for our next Know Your Rights workshop! Please join us on either Wednesday, October 11 from 4-5:30pm or Friday, October 13 from 12:30-2pm for a virtual workshop presented by Sefakor G.M.A Komabu-Pomeyie, Ph.D. of the Vermont Center for Independent Living. Topics will include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Disability Rights, and Independent Living (IL) Philosophy. Both sessions will cover the same information. Pick the date that works for you. Free to all VAL students and staff! Speak to your Ed Advisor or Teacher for more details and the Zoom link closer to the…

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Board Member Profile: Jim Coutts (9/13/2023) - VAL’s Board of Trustees consists of nine community members who help guide our organization from behind the scenes. Get to know Board members like Jim in our latest profile series and be sure to check out his recent Super Senior feature from WCAX! Name: Jim Coutts Role outside of VAL: I am retired and involved with several nonprofit organizations, the DAIL (Vermont Department of Aging and Independent Living) Advisory Board, Habitat for Humanity, and several small community Boards. Where were you born? I was born in College Point, Queens (New York City). I am a first-generation US citizen. What is…

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Join Vermont Adult Learning at Burlington Pride! (8/30/2023) - Join Vermont Adult Learning at Burlington's upcoming Pride Parade and Festival on Sunday, September 10! Be sure to stop by our table to say "hi" and learn more about our programs and services. Staff and students who would like to march in the parade should contact Sara Teller at [email protected] to register. Visit pridecentervt.org/pride for more info about the parade and event!

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