ProLiteracy Commends President Obama for Support of Reauthorizing Workforce Investment Act
ProLiteracy, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit organizations dedicated to advancing the cause of adult literacy and basic education, applauds President Obama's emphasis on renewing the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), as detailed in his June 8, 2011, speech at Northern Virginia Community College.
In his remarks, the President called for new and innovative approaches to training to help Americans “climb into the middle class and stay there.” WIA contains several provisions that support a comprehensive and coordinated workforce development system across core programs, including adult education programs.
"We at ProLiteracy are optimistic about the administration's efforts to bring reauthorization of WIA back to the forefront,” says David C. Harvey, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. "We encourage the administration to work closely with the adult education community to ensure that adequate funding is allocated for our nation's public workforce and adult education system, in addition to the vital community-based organizations that serve adults at the lowest level of literacy."
Congress is expected to introduce legislation around the reauthorization of WIA in the coming weeks.