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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

Virtual Learning Raises Equity Issues (4/3/2020) - From where I sit in my home office in Burlington, my internet access is fine. I work upstairs in my adult daughter's bedroom writing grants and appeals and attending Google Hangout meetings with colleagues from across Vermont. My husband, an engineer, is sequestered downstairs in our home office, in video calls with folks as far away as Singapore. Our signal remains strong and consistent, spared frozen screens and scratchy audio. One of the enchanting aspects of living in Vermont is that, if you choose, you can live off of a dirt road, off of a dirt road and cultivate your…

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“I have my dream job.” (3/30/2020) - Hannah is a proud mother of two young children.  She works full-time at the day care that her children attend.  She is fiercely independent; life required this of Hannah.  She grew up in a home without a lot of parental support.  She requested and became an Emancipated Minor at age 16.  The judge granted her petition with the requirement that she earn her high school diploma. Hannah began working with Amy Cowan, High School Completion Plan Manager at Vermont Adult Learning’s Franklin-Grand Isle Learning Center.  Hannah was expecting her first child while working three part-time jobs at a campground, convenience…

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Learning in a new time (3/27/2020) - “Students are really happy that we’re reaching out to them.  I’m still wrapping my head around this (teaching online), adapting, and seeing how we can make it work. I’m learning along the way---with my students.  It’s actually very stimulating.  We’ll get through.” ~Brian Mahoney, ELL Teacher We hope this note finds you and yours healthy and well.  As our public health paradigm shifts with the emergence of Covid-19, Vermont Adult Learning remains steadfast in its work.  We are using our communication channels to connect our students with information—in multiple languages---regarding how to stay safe amid the virus and how to…

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(3/27/2020) - Welcome to VT Adult Learning's Blog Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken. — Oscar Wilde. Welcome to Vermont Adult Learning's Blog! We look forward to sharing stories from our work. MISSION Vermont Adult Learning's mission is to create an innovative, inclusive and equitable learning environment that provides personalized opportunities for education and career development for Vermont residents by building relationships, strengthening communities and fostering life-long learning. VISION Vermont Adult Learning works for the day when all Vermonters are prosperous and have the life skills and knowledge to achieve success in their careers, family and community. Further, we envision Vermont…

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