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Celebrating Black History

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February is Black History Month and members of VAL’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee have compiled several resources to help learners take a deeper dive into what this month means. We hope you find these links useful any time of year! INTRODUCTION to BLACK HISTORY MONTH/GENERAL BACKGROUND:   Historical Origins Explained via USA Today History.com Black

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Executive Director Hal Cohen Announces Retirement

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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

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Energy Works Included in VCRD’s Climate Catalyst Innovation Funding

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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.

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Holding a safe and compassionate space for our students

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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.

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Staff Profile: Ashlee

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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

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Give the Gift of Education

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Our Annual Appeal letter recently hit the mail! We shared some words of gratitude from our students and staff, but that’s not all – we also announced that after 5 1/2 years leading VAL as Executive Director, Hal Cohen will be embracing his next chapter as a doting grandfather and retiring at the end of

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Staff Profile: Ellis

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Our Burlington Learning Center recently welcomed another new member to their team! Get to know Ellis in the latest installment of our staff Q&A series. Name: Ellis Forman Role: Education Advisor Where were you born? Baltimore, MD Educational background: I graduated from UVM in 2018 with my Bachelors in Elementary Education. Interesting past job: When

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October Celebrates Inclusive Education

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Whether you are navigating a learning disability, ADHD, dyslexia, and/or any other neurodivergent trait, you are valued and celebrated at Vermont Adult Learning! Our programs are designed to cater to the individual strengths and learning styles of each student, fostering an inclusive and supportive community. Contact us to learn more about our no-cost services for

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Staff Profile: Nicole Hernandez

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Please join us in welcoming Nicole Hernandez to our Burlington Learning Center! Our staff Q&A series highlights some of the fine folks who bring VAL’s mission to life. Read on to learn more about Nicole: Name: Nicole Hernandez Role at VAL: Front Desk Assistant Where were you born? Riverside, CA What is your educational background? BA in

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