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The following is a greeting given in one of the 20 indigenous languages recognized by the State of Alaska.

Ade' ndadz dengit'a?
(Deg Xinag)
"Hello, how are you?"

AAE Grant Resources

Adult Education grants are administered by the U.S. Department of Education, in accordance with requirements set forth in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I- Workforce Development Activities and Title II-Adult Education and Literacy (Public Law 113–128); Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR 200); and Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) (34 CFR 75-99).

Grants are also administered in accordance with State of Alaska Administrative Codes (ACC 99.100-99.200).

The State of Alaska requires grantees must be able to provide adult education and literacy services at a minimum of thirty hours, four days per week, and for at least nine months per year.

 Alaska programs are required to provide:

  • Adult education;
  • English language acquisition activities;
  • Literacy; and
  • Workplace adult education and literacy activities.

Programs may offer the following additional activities:

  • Family literacy activities;
  • Integrated English literacy and civics education;
  • Workforce preparation activities; or
  • Integrated education and training.

Grants are awarded to thirteen regional programs across the state.

map of Alaska

Two additional grants will be competed statewide; one for Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) and one for AAE services to be offered within the Department of Corrections’ (DOC) institutional centers.

Adult Education Grant Requirements

Adult Education grants provide instructional programs to learners:

  • who have attained 16 years of age, are not enrolled or required to be enrolled in secondary school under state law; and
  • who are basic skills deficient, do not have a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent and have not achieved an equivalent level of education; or are an English language learner.

Priority of service is required for individuals with barriers to employment as defined by WIOA Sec.3.

Regional grants:

  1. Assist adults in becoming literate and obtaining the knowledge and skill necessary for employment and economic self-sufficiency.
  2. Assist adults who are parents or family members to obtain education and skills necessary to become full partners in the educational development of their children and lead to sustainable improvements in economic opportunities for their family.
  3. Assist adults in attaining secondary school diploma and in the transition to postsecondary education and training, including career pathways.
  4. Assist immigrants and other individuals who are English language learners in improving their English reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension skills, mathematics skills, and acquiring an understanding of the American system of Government, individual freedom, and the responsibilities of citizenship. (CFR Part 34 §463.1).

The State of Alaska requires instruction is available at all educational functional levels (EFL) (basic skills (NRS Level 1 & 2); pre-secondary education (NRS Level 3 & 4); secondary education (NRS Level 5 & 6); and English as a Second Language (NRS ESL Level 1 – 6)).  

Memorandum of Understanding

Nation Reporting System (NRS) for Adult Education

Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education Guidance


WIOA Combined State Plan

WIOA Title II Annual Narrative Report

Request for Grant Application

The Alaska Adult Education (AAE) Grant is a multi-year grant that is awarded on a competitive basis. At the current time, AAE grants are closed for solicitation. Please check back in the future for open Request for Grant Applications (RGA) regarding adult education services.

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Student Information

Adult Education Program Information


Windy Swearingin, AAE/GED Director
Phone:(907) 465-8714
Donna Collins, Education Associate
Phone:(907) 465-4685

PY2021 Grant Awards

We would like to again congratulate the following agencies for receiving the PY2021 AAE Grant Award.

AAE Regions and Grant Opportunities


Aleutian-Pribilof Islands Regional Adult Education Program

Open for Re-competition - July 1, 2021

Anchorage Regional Adult Education Program

Alaska Literacy Program (ALP)

Bethel/Lower Kuskokwim Regional Adult Education Program

Yuut Elitnaurviat -The People's Learning Center

Dillingham/Bristol Bay Regional Adult Education Program

University of Alaska Fairbanks: Bristol Bay Campus

Fairbanks/Interior Regional Adult Education Program

Literacy Council of Alaska (LCA)

Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) Grant

Alaska Literacy Program (ALP)

Juneau /Southeast Regional Adult Education Program

Southeast Regional Resource Center (SERRC)

Kenai Peninsula Regional Adult Education Program

University of Alaska Anchorage: Kenai Peninsula College

Kodiak Regional Adult Education Program

University of Alaska Anchorage: Kodiak College

Kotzebue/Northwest Arctic Regional Adult Education Program

Open for Re-competition - July 1, 2021

Matanuska-Susitna Regional Adult Education Program

Open for Re-competition - July 1, 2021

Nome/Bering Straits Regional Adult Education Program

Kawerak, Inc.

Statewide Correctional Adult Education Grant

Alaska Department of Corrections (ADOC)

Utqiaġvik/North Slope Regional Adult Education Program

Open for Re-competition - July 1, 2021

Valdez/Prince William Sound Regional Adult Education Program

University of Alaska Anchorage: Prince William Sound College

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD) awards multi-year AAE grants on a competitive basis. The current grant cycle will run from Program year 2021 to 2024 (July 1, 2021 to June 30. 2025).