CAACE April 2017 Newsletter

CAACE Conference Shout Out!

Congratulations to everyone that was involved in the planning and implementation of this year’s CAACE Conference!  If you missed it, you missed our largest one yet with more vendors, presenters and participants than ever.  A special shout out to Heather Pelletier, Risa Filkoff and all of those who worked throughout the year to make this happen.  Their efforts were recognized by our presenters and participants and to quote one national representative “This is by far one of the best organized and professionally run conferences I have ever attended.”

I want to thank everyone that attended and I hope you found it relaxing and informative.

Remember we are always looking to improve and are open to constructive criticism, and we are always looking for more volunteers.  To get involved email Heather or Risa.

Maureen Wagner, Awards Committee Chair, congratulates Juan Lopez, Learner of the Year Award Winner from Stamford Adult and Continuing Education.

CAACE Board Meeting

There is no April Board meeting.

The next CAACE Board Meeting will take place on Friday, May 19 in Hartford at the new CREC location, 55 Van Dyke Avenue. 

Our Advocacy Committee meets at 8:30 AM and the Board meeting begins at 9:30 AM.  The final Conference Committee Meeting will begin at 11:30 AM.

Remember anyone involved in Adult Education is welcome to attend.


CAACE Professional Development

Please join CAACE for our final Professional Development session of the 2016-17 academic year.
Friday, May 5th
Bristol Adult Education
210 Redstone Hill Road

"Getting Creative", "Sharing Best Programs" &
"Adult Ed in the Age of WIOA"

  For more information and to register, please click here to visit our webpage.


EastConn Adult Education student Yessenia Lopez and Associate Director Kristin Hempel meet with Congressman Joe Courtney to stress the importance of federal adult education funding for our state programs.

A word from Dave Downes:

This is an active budget planning time for both our state and federal governments, and CAACE wants to bring you up to date and urge that you step into advocacy mode with the help of your staff and students, if you haven't already.  Thanks go out to the programs that have reported in to me so far on their various campaigns and capital visits to maintain government adult ed funding where it needs to be!  Keep it coming!

State Funding
The Appropriations Committee just released its FY 18 budget at the state Capitol this Tuesday, and then a few hours later adjourned without voting on the budget because it depended too much on increasing taxes.  Funding for the adult education ($20,383,960) and GED/CARS support ($216,149) fares better in this proposed budget than the one the Governor released in February.  However, the Finance Committee needs to put forth its version of the budget on Thursday, and then there will be additional wheedling as compromises will be sought to have budgets match up with lowered revenue realities.  So please continue to have your teachers, students and leadership contact and/or visit your state representatives to keep this state support for your local budgets.  Those of you supporting Even Start initiatives should also know that the Appropriations budget does not have any support for that program.
Federal Funding 
If you haven't yet started having teachers, administrators and students contact our two Senators and your district Representative as part of the national "Educate and Elevate Adult Education" campaign through COABE, now is the time!  If the federal government doesn't get caught up in a shutdown over the debt ceiling, there will be a hearing on the education budget next Wednesday, May 3, with Educ. Sec. Betsy De Vos testifying before the House Appropriations Committee.  This should be must-see TV on C-Span.  The House will recess for the week of May 8, so you may also be able to see your representative at that time in your district.

COABE has made contacting our federal representatives even easier for you if necessary, using their automated forms which can be found by clicking here.  CAACE has Board member Kristin Hempel of EastConn visiting representatives in DC this week as part of the COABE Hill Day, with the help of an adult learner from her program, Yessenia Lopez.  COABE is funding the expenses for these visits.

"Good Stories, Well Told"
Please let me know about your efforts to keep adult education in the forefront while important funding decisions are being made.  And take a look at a new addition to the Advocacy section of the CAACE website called "Good Stories, Well Told," which highlights news releases and stories that shine a light on our programs, staff accomplishments and advocacy events.  We'd love to see additional submissions to feature on this site.

CT State Department of Education News

  • Remember PEP Grants are due April 28, 2017 to Sue Pearson
  • The June Policy Forum will be held June 9th at the Energize CT Conference Center, 122 Universal Drive North, North Haven.

Way to go Dave!!!

If you haven’t heard….
CAACE is proud to announce that our very own David Downes has been elected to COABE’s Board of Directors from Region 1.  We look forward to his input on national efforts on behalf of out Adult Learners and we thank all those who took the time to support him.
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