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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: 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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Eclipse Safety Videos from the Vermont Language Justice Project (4/5/2024) - The full solar eclipse is coming up fast on Monday, April 8! Our friends at the Vermont Language Justice Project have created a video about the eclipse and how to view it safely, which they have also translated into multiple languages. Check out the full playlist, beginning with information in English, below:

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Chris: Learning is a win-win situation (4/3/2024) - Chris came to VAL as a determined individual ready to embark on the journey to a new career through our Energy Works training program. Coming from a background in grounds maintenance and lawn care, Chris found himself at a crossroads in his career. Seeking stability and growth, he turned to HireAbility for guidance, where he was referred to Energy Works for the opportunity to engage in heat pump and weatherization training. Chris was then introduced to Jeff Nerney, Energy Works Program Manager, who enrolled him in a weatherization course held in partnership with BROC Community Action in Rutland.  Chris enjoyed…

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