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Adult Literacy Education Pioneer Passes Away

Dr. Robert S. Laubach (Dr. Bob), 96, a pioneer in adult literacy education and a ProLiteracy board member, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 11. Dr. Bob devoted his life to adult literacy and will be remembered for his many contributions over the past 80 years. Dr. Bob and his late father, Dr. Frank C. Laubach, are credited with teaching more than 100 million adults to read and write in more than 200 languages.


ONA Offers Entrepreneurship Training

Learn How to Start Your Own Business will be offered by the Office of New Americans on September 14, 2015: Start_your_own_business_-_ONA_flyer.docx

SA 160.2 Due on September 2, 2015

This is a reminder that the SA160.2 is due to be faxed (518 486-1751) or emailed to this mailbox (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) on September 2, 2015 to claim EPE hours through June 30, 2015. This form is only available through ASISTS. Important dates related to the submission are as follows:

• September 1, 2015 – All EPE related data must be entered into ASISTS on or before this date

• September 2 – All EPE programs must print out their SA 160’s from ASISTS and fax (518 486-1751) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to NYSED

• September 15 – NYSED must receive in the mail hard copies of the SA 160.2 signed by the Superintendent


NYSED - ACCES Adult Education WIOA State Plan Regional Meeting

The ACCES-Adult Education Team is holding informational meetings in September. Every program coordinator or his/her designee of ACCES-adult education funded programs (WIOA, ALE, EPE, WEP) is required to attend. The focus will be to provide comments and input on the proposed WIOA combined state plan, with a special emphasis on changes in Title II programming. WIOA is already one year old, and we are beginning to learn more about the changes that may be necessary for our programs. This meeting is also an opportunity to share the information we currently have about WIOA and solicit comments and concerns from our local programs. Other updates from ACCES-adult education will be provided.

Program staff must register as seating is limited. We expect a representative from every program to be in attendance. More information and a formal agenda will be released before September 1st.

Information about locations, dates and registration is below:

Syracuse ---

September 11, 2015 at 10:00am-12:30pm
Place: Crowne Plaza, 701 E Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13210
Registration Link:

Buffalo ---

September 15, 2015 at 10:00am-12:30pm (9:30am registration and continental breakfast)
Place: Ramada Inn and Conference Center, 2402 North Forest Road, Getzville, NY 14068


Celebrate International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day will be celebrated on September 8th, 2015.  Communities around the world will bring attention to those who cannot read or write.

Approximately 775 million people- 64% of whom are women- are functionally illiterate. In other words, they lack the basic reading and writing skills to manage daily living and employment tasks. In 1965, UNESCO declared September 8 as International Literacy Day. Since this proclamation, schools, organizations and communities around the world have united to promote awareness with the hope to one day eradicate this ongoing human rights violation.

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