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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


Senate Bill Reduces Funding for Education

On June 25, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill to fund the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, which administer the education and workforce programs that serve low-income people, for fiscal year (FY) 2016. The Senate majority bill, much like last week’s House bill, cuts $331 million from Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) employment and training programs, including $41 million from WIOA Title I Youth activities and $40 million from adult employment and training activities. The bill also cuts $29 million from the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) and an additional $6 million from AEFLA national leadership activities.

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LVR Presents Awards

At their annual Awards & Recognition Ceremony on June 10, 2015, Literacy Volunteers of Rochester presented its advocates, tutors, and students with awards for service and numerous accomplishments.Nicole Viggiano LVR award

Bob Mahar, Executive Director of LVR, presented Nicole Viggiano, with a Friend of Literacy Award. Nicole is the Director of the Office of Community Education, Greece Central School District and Coordinator of its Literacy Zone.

Among the awardees were State Senator Joe Robach who received the President’s Literacy Award and Doris Leve, (LVR President from 1984-1988) who with the late Nan Oster (LVR President from 1970-73) received the 2015 Ruth J. Colvin Founders Award.


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