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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

Closed for Winter Break (12/22/2023) - Vermont Adult Learning is closed for winter break. We wish you all a safe and peaceful year's end and look forward to seeing you in 2024!

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Executive Director Hal Cohen Announces Retirement (12/18/2023) - After five and a half years of transformative leadership, Vermont Adult Learning (VAL)’s Executive Director, Hal Cohen, will be retiring at the end of December. We're happy to share that Hal will be embarking on his next chapter as a doting grandfather! Hal has dedicated more than four decades of his career to nonprofit leadership and anti-poverty work, with the last 27 devoted to making a positive impact in Vermont.  "Working at Vermont Adult Learning has been one of the highlights of my career,” Hal shared when reflecting on his leadership history. “I've always believed that education is a ticket…

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Energy Works Included in VCRD’s Climate Catalyst Innovation Funding (12/15/2023) - The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) recently announced the awardees for the third competitive round of the Climate Catalyst Innovation Fund. The funding supports projects that make a meaningful, community-scale impact. VCRD received more than $99,000 in requests and was able to fund 25 projects totaling $82,500 to support local climate solutions in Vermont. We're excited to share that our Energy Works program was one of the projects selected! Energy Works provides hands-on, no-cost training in weatherization and heat pump installation and connects participants to additional VAL services when needed. The program helps address several areas of urgent need,…

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Holding a safe and compassionate space for our students (12/8/2023) - Vermont Adult Learning reaffirms our commitment to being a safe and compassionate space for our students during this time of local and global unrest.  Please await updates for a student-focused town hall-style forum. To our students and community members, we want you to know that we see you, we hear you, and we value you. In times of adversity, we stand united, offering support, understanding, and a commitment to fostering a resilient and inclusive community for all.

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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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