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Vermont Adult Learning Inc

Learning Lasts a Lifetime!

Burlington, VT   |  https://vtadultlearning.org/

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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. VAL has learning centers in Vermont's Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, Rutland, Windham, and Windsor Counties as well as an Online Learning Center for remote learning opportunities.

Ruling year info

1981

Principal Officer

Hal Cohen M.A., M.S.

Main address

77 College Street

Burlington, VT 05401 USA

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EIN

03-0276755

NTEE code info

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Vermont Adult Learning strives to close gaps in education and access to economic opportunities for Vermonters ages 16 and up.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

High School Completion

VAL's High School Completion Program supports students in attaining basic Reading, Writing, Math, Computer, and Financial Literacy in order to achieve their diploma or GED.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Dropouts
Out-of-home youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

VAL offers English Language Learning instruction to help students learn or improve their ability to speak and read English.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Adults
Dropouts
Out-of-home youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Vermont Adult Learning is an active player in Vermont’s Workforce Development initiatives. Students engaged in our educational programs are actively preparing to enhance their job prospects, gaining experience while earning Industry Recognized Credentials (IRCs). We are prepared to facilitate, design, recruit, an deliver content as well as provide job placement and support.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Dropouts
Out-of-home youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled in our Adult Education & Literacy Programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

High School Completion

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number is for Fiscal Year '22

Percentage of students demonstrating improved skills on standardized assessments

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

High School Completion

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number is for Fiscal Year '22

Number of program participants who receive a secondary school diploma or GED

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

High School Completion

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number is for Fiscal Year '22

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Vermont Adult Learning aims to increase the number of adult learners who hold a high school credential as well as increase the number of Vermonters with the skills necessary to obtain a stable and well-paid job. Our English Language Learning and Workforce Development programs often integrate and complement our Adult Education and Literacy programs to provide greater opportunities for educational and economic advancement across our student populations.

Our organizational goals are focused on:

A) Programs and Services: Strengthen VAL’s educational and workforce development
services resulting in increased participant enrollment, retention, and program completion.

B) Quality Staff and Board: Recruit, develop, and retain quality and diverse staff and Board
by expanding professional development opportunities, streamlining communication among VAL staff, and improving staff satisfaction.

C) Funding and Financial Stability: Strengthen VAL’s finances by expanding and diversifying funding in order to better serve all students.

D) Visibility and Marketing: Enhance VAL’s visibility to increase/retain participants and raise community awareness.

E) Educational Policy and Advocacy: Influence policy development regarding adult
education and workforce development.

VAL undertook a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats (SWOT) analysis to implement a strategic plan centered on advancing the above organizational goals.

The SWOT analysis resulted in the creation of five committees (Programs and Services, Organizational Development, Outreach and Marketing, Educational Policy and Advocacy, and Workforce Development) as part of the strategic plan to meet our organizational goals.

Achievements to date include (but are not limited to) a reduction in facility costs by enabling fully remote admin and leadership teams; establishing an Online Learning Center to reduce transportation and scheduling barriers for students; establishing a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee to facilitate ongoing initiatives for students and staff; diversifying funding streams through broader grant opportunities, donor prospecting, and a recently established Business Sponsorship Program; establishing a partnership with Vermont's other AEL providers in a unified effort for stronger policy at the state level; and launching Energy Works, a Workforce Development program designed to train participants for green energy careers while meeting the state's need for a skilled green energy workforce.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Vermont Adult Learning Inc

Board of directors
as of 12/01/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

James Coutts