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IU13 Receives Grant to Support Adult English Language Learners


IU13 Receives Grant to Support Adult English Language Learners
Supporting highly-skilled adults pursuing health career

The Community Education program at IU13 recently received a 2-year grant worth $700,000 to provide Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education to adult learners in Lancaster and Lebanon counties.

Grant funds are to be used to combine ESL and civics literacy instruction with integrated education and training activities. The program is charged with preparing adults (who are English Language Learners) for competitive employment in “in-demand” industries and occupations that lead to economic self-sufficiency and integrate with the local workforce development system and its functions. The program also includes helping adults secure positions during or after the course.

“This is a unique opportunity specific to English Language Learners, some of whom are highly-skilled professionals in their home countries, whose career paths are often longer because of language barriers,” commented Tim Shenk, Program Director of Community Education at IU13. “Our program is focused on English Language Learners pursuing health careers.” 

IU13 offers year-round support for students through this program. In addition to offering daytime and evening classes, IU13 partners with HACC and Tec Centro to provide CNA training, CareerLink to offer health career modules through Metrix (an online training program), and a consortium of home and mental health care providers to train people interested in these employment opportunities. The unique part of the Integrated Education Training program offered by IU13 is the collaboration between the adult educator and trainer, working together to support the goals of the learner.

Details about the Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education program and other Community Education programs at IU13 can be found at:

IU13 is one of seven locations in the Commonwealth to receive the grant. The funding is through the Federal Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, Title II, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which provides funds to be awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), Bureau of Postsecondary and Higher Education, Division of Adult Education. PDE selected the IU13 Community Education program as one of the recipients.

Community Education is a program of IU13, an education service agency supporting learners and school districts in Lancaster and Lebanon counties. Community Education strives to educate and inspire lifelong learners, build partnerships, and unite communities to transform lives.


Media Contact:
Tim Shenk
Program Director of Community Education at IU13
717-606-1793  •