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VALRC: Progress Newsletter (Winter 2009) fea. PlugGED In

VALRC: Progress Newsletter (Winter 2009) fea. PlugGED In

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Progress is a quarterly newsletter published by the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center at Virginia Commonwealth University. The Winter 2009 issue feature the PlugGED In program.
Progress is a quarterly newsletter published by the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center at Virginia Commonwealth University. The Winter 2009 issue feature the PlugGED In program.

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n a cold Tuesday eveningin February, a handul o adults, bundled in warmcoats and hats, braved the heavyalling snow to gather in a comput-er lab at the Southwest Technol-ogy Development Center (SWTDC)in Lebanon, Virginia. It was the frstnight o their new GED class. Thiswas not a typical GED class, howev-er. This class, called PlugGED In, wasa new and innovative contextual-ized GED technology curriculum,developed in collaboration witharea businesses and the local com-munity college, Southwest VirginiaCommunity College (SVCC). Thiswas the pilot class. In the PlugGEDIn curriculum, acquiring a GED isonly the frst o several signifcantmilestones a student must achieveduring the six-month program.
T PGED I    pv  w v p   w  GED  p  -     vp  wp  f -v p-  , w-v, -- . T   “” ,    pz w fl  Mf fi,  “f” ,  , wp -, ,  v.T PGED I  w   pp f -  v   p            pp f    -v. T  f PGED I wpp  T L I VCU  V S f E A Cp   vv w q pp - pf v  w-p -  . W f pv T Gv’ Pv Iv F, T L I  w Sw V R- A E, SVCC, - p Np G CGI, UVA-W,  V Dp- f E,  C f I-vv ,  Mf   w  f  
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 A p f  V A L R C
 
Winter/Spring 2009Vol. 21, No. 2
by 
Dr. Richard Sebastian
Continued on page 5 ...
Jim Tiscornia, Program Manager o Northrop Grumman’s Southwest Enterprise SolutionsCenter, speaks at the PlugGED In Kick-of Celebration in Lebanon, Virginia. Other speakers(let to right, acing the audience) included Dr. Robert Tomlinson, Vice President o Instructionat Southwest Virginia Community College; the Honorable Aneesh Chopra, Virginia Secretaryo Technology; Dr. Richard Sebastian, PlugGED In Project Manager; United States SenatorJames Webb; Dr. Mark Emblidge, Director o The Literacy Institute at VCU; and Dr. PatriciaWright, Superintendent o Public Instruction, Virginia Department o Education.
 
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Progress 
 p :V A L R CV Cw Uv 3600 W B S, S 669R, VA 23230-4930
www.valrc.org 
P    p f  w. P   
Progress 
.Sp  f  V . ,  V A L R C:(800) 237-0178(804) 828-6521v@v.   :
www.valrc.org/publications/newsletter.html 
S       w. C:H M,
Progress 
E, :(804) 828-6521 (800) 237-0178. W v     p.
Director of Adult Education and Literacy 
Elizabeth Hawa 
VALRC Manager 
Barbara E. Gibson
T p w p f   AE  F L A f 1998; wv,  p xp    p p  p f  U.S. Dpf E,   ffi  -   U.S. Dp  f.GED     f  A C  E       p w xp w p f  AC  E.
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National Library Week www.ala.org
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Commission on AdultBasic Education (COABE)National ConerenceLouisville, KYwww.coabe2009.org
22-25 
National Council o  Teachers o MathematicsWashington, DCwww.nctm.org
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Literacy EducationAdvocacy Daywww.ncte.org 
May3-5
National Adult LearnerInstitute and AdultLiteracy CongressNew Carrollton, MDwww.valueusa.org
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Literacy FairKeysville, VAliteracyair.wordpress.com
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National Literacy Day
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 f  w v w   f   f  w  pw f ’  –    v ,   v v,      . W f  p   -ff f PGED I p  R C  F,       f  p f   , f ,    f f . W w   w,   v f p   .
,   v, w    v -   q f    w . O  w v   wp     f   w  w  f   -pp  f pp    v     .  v -   p  v v  xp f.F  f  w w  16    f - w v   v   p,   f     p. W   p, p,  P,     p f  ,  px . Y      -, v  px, w     v v  .T  f 
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 v  f  -  w p  p 21
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   -,    w  ffv pp -,    f  w w f    . W S J W p  PGED I v,      w    f . T   p p. W      f f  p  , pp   f  w     ,  w    w  w v    p  w. Wv w   ,    w p  w  p  p.
 
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 S E - D A(SEDA) fi p  “     -p   fw  pp .” I , SEDA  fi    “      p-  v pp;  -p  v f v   z  x   v,   fi W, p  f, w w ,    .”
T  f 
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ff v- f f    
A Letter from Elizabeth Hawa,OAEL Director
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    p f . I v w  v     V w -v   L V,  D- L C  V C-w Uv,  PGEDI,  p  R C  GED pp w - f -v  . O      f  pp   v,v  pv  LV   xp  PGED I    f      p. I   x - p,    A E  EpP (REEP), v f  f   v. M-v,      v-    f  L H.I   w   -  p     wfvp. If        f  p,  v f      - w          v f     pp  f  wf. Ppp f     -      p-      p v. I  w    w q  -   w   w   pp f  wp.F   f  , p   w   p  vv,      p  p-f.I      p-  f      , ,  p f    . T p f -  v    ,    p  ff  ff  p f   w  v. W     w w f    vp  w  f     f  p w  f    f.

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