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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 are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, get tested according to the Department of Health guidelines.  If the test comes back negative, you can come into VAL Learning Centers but please wear a mask until all symptoms have resolved.  If you choose not to be tested, then stay home until all symptoms have resolved.

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: Fia Moser-Hardy, Student Support Specialist (12/9/2022) - Introducing VAL's newest Student Support Specialist for Chittenden County, Fia Moser-Hardy! Please join us in welcoming Fia and check out her Q&A: Q: Where were you born? A: I was born in Boston, MA, and I moved to Vermont in 2015. Q: What is your educational background? A: I hold an M.F.A. in Writing, with a specialization in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. I completed a year and a half of my bachelor's before moving on to graduate school. I enjoyed taking classes in dance, art, writing, and English and French literature at…

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Staff Profile: Karen Harker, Regional Director of Windsor County (12/1/2022) - Please join us in welcoming Karen Harker, VAL's new Regional Director for Windsor County! Check out this quick Q&A to learn more about Karen: Q. Where were you born? A. I was born in Morgan City, Louisiana but grew up in Winterville, North Carolina. The mountains eventually called me to Vermont! Q. What is your educational background? A. I earned a B.S. in English Education from East Carolina University in 2010. I also hold an MA and PhD in English from The University of Birmingham's Shakespeare Institute, located in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK. Q. What is the last book you read? A.…

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Maribel: I feel so much better about my English now (9/6/2022) - Maribel’s story is a love story. The Bogota, Colombia native met her partner, a Vermonter, online and discovered a match worth pursuing. After he traveled to Colombia to meet Maribel, they became engaged and Maribel returned with her now-husband to Georgia, VT in 2019. Maribel was a professional massage therapist in Bogota but needed to obtain her certification in the US to continue this work. She took a job at WalMart to support her pursuit of the certification and became determined to enhance her proficiency in English. When asked what the biggest barriers were for her as a New American,…

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Xavier: I wasn’t a fan of school and now I love it (8/1/2022) -  “I wanted a future,” Xavier said.  “I wanted to get my life together.” Xavier, age, 23, has lived life with a few twists and turns.  He hasn’t always liked school .  He hasn’t always made the best choices in friends.  That said, his mother and his grandparents are powerful, stabilizing constants in his life. He is now a dedicated student at VAL, on route to graduating in June 2023. “My Mom is a huge influence on my life,” Xavier said.  “She’s my number one supporter, always in my corner.  I love my Mom a lot.  She’s always been there for…

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James: I am so happy to graduate from high school (7/28/2022) - James, 55, crossed the stage at VAL’s recent graduation ceremony on July 7th in Saint Albans.  James was born in Albany, New York, and arrived in Vermont when he was six weeks old. That said, his Green Mountain State roots run deep.   James, in pursuing studies to earn his high school diploma, dabbled in genealogy. He learned that he descends from author Jeffrey Brace (aka Boyereau Brinch). James’ ancestor, born in West Africa, c. 1742, was captured, and then sold by slave traders. He arrived in New Haven, Connecticut—by way of Barbados and servitude as an enslaved sailor in the…

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