The Iowa Department of Education (IDOE), Division of Community Colleges and Workforce Preparation is committed to providing outstanding adult education services that help ALL Iowans acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for employment, careers, and post-secondary education. In accordance with the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), Title IIof the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA), the Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) program funded through Section 243 supports education services to eligible individuals who are adult English language learners (ELL), including professionals with degrees and credentials in their native countries. These services will enable such adults to achieve competency in the English language through standards-based instruction and acquire the basic and more advanced skills needed to function effectively as parents, citizens, and workers in the United States.
Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE)
WIOA Title II [§203(12)] authorizes the funding of programs providing adult education and literacy activities to English language learners, including professionals with degrees and credentials in their native countries, that enables such adults to achieve competency in the English language and to acquire both the basic and more advanced skills necessary to function effectively as parents, workers, and citizens of the United States. The specific purpose of this grant application is to fund programs that can demonstrate effectiveness in:
- academic instruction in literacy and English language acquisition—reading, writing, speaking, and comprehending;
- instruction on the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship and civic participation; and
- workforce training.
For a program to receive funding for IELCE under WIOA [§243] it must:
- Prepare adults who are English Language Learners (ELLs) for unsubsidized employment in in-demand occupations or career pathways, which lead to economic self-sufficiency;
- Assist English Language Learners in achieving competency in English reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension;
- Lead to a secondary school diploma (HSD – high school diploma) or its equivalent (HSE – high school equivalency);
- Lead to ELLs entering postsecondary education or training; and
- Offer adult education instruction in combination with integrated education and training (IET).
Adult Education and Literacy Activities WIOA Title II [§201.203] defines adult education and literacy activities as:
- Programs, activities, and services that include adult education, literacy activities, family literacy activities, English language acquisition activities , integrated English literacy and civics education, workforce preparation activities, or integrated education and training.
Integrate Education and Training (IET) WIOA [§134(C)(3)(D)] defines integrated education and training as:
- A service approach which provides adult education and literacy activities simultaneously and contextually with workforce preparation activities and workforce training for a specific occupational cluster.
Based on these expectations and federal definitions the IDOE will provide funding under Section 243 for programs that are designed to
- prepare adults who are English language learners for, and place such adults in, unsubsidized employment for in-demand industries and occupations that lead to economic self-sufficiency; and
- integrate with the local workforce development system and its functions to carry out the activities of the program.
The four required components for an IELCE program must be evident for each activity funded by Section 243:
- instruction in literacy;
- instruction in English language acquisition;
- instruction on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic participation; and in combination with
- integrated education and training (IET).
This is an open competition for all eligible providers of Adult Education and Literacy services as defined by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Sec. 202. Eligible applicants must submit by the established deadline a complete application in order to be considered for funding.The following application criteria are included in the Grant Packet:
- Contact Information
- Assurance and Certifications
- Minority Impact Statement
- Narrative of Services (Sec.243)
- Program Design and Leadership
- Learner Progress
- Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development
- Community Interaction and Outreach
- One-Stop Integration
- IELCE Budget Summary
- Local Workforce Development Board (LWDB) Alignment Review
The Instructions for each of the components describes how to fill out the form. Within each section are criteria that describe the intent and content to be included in the narrative. These criteria will also be used by the reviewers to assess and score each narrative component. Applications must at least score 70 percent of the points available. These questions incorporate the seven requirements and thirteen considerations federally mandated by WIOA.
IDOE will select awardees based on several factors, which may include the following:
In addition, IDOE may contact employees, board members, partners or business associates of applicant organizations to clarify or verify information and responses provided by applicants.
Each application will be evaluated solely on the criteria identified in this document. Receipt of a grant award in a previous competition is not, and should not be regarded as, a guarantee of funding in the current competition. Applicants not funded in previous competitions are not precluded and may apply for funding in the current competition. Once all of the applications have been evaluated, the review panel will submit to IDOE its recommendations. Final funding decisions will be made by IDOE and is considered final.
All lead applicants of this grant will be notified in writing whether their application(s) will be approved for funding. Applicants that do not meet the qualifications may reapply for future grant opportunities. IDOE is required by federal law to provide an opportunity for a hearing for applicants that are not approved for funding. The applicant must request the hearing within 30 days of notification of not being awarded. The hearing will be a conference call with a panel of reviewers. No later than 10 days after the hearing, IDOE will issue its written ruling, including findings of fact and reasons for the ruling.
Multiple grants will be awarded. Award amounts will depend upon available funding and demonstrated need. The individual grant amounts will be determined on a cost per participant equitably. These funds will be competitively awarded. Award amounts will be based on proposed enrollment for the first two years, after which time the funds will be reviewed for actual enrollment and performance outcomes. Funds available for Iowa under Section 243 is approximately $200,000 to $250,000. The recipient of funds will cost reimburse IDOE according to negotiated and agreed upon terms.
The IDOE reserves the right to fund any application in full or in part, to request additional information to assist in the review process, to require new applications from interested parties, to reject any or all applications responding to this announcement, or to re-issue the announcement if it is determined that it is in the best interests of the State of Iowa. Issuing this announcement does not bind the State to making an award. The IDOE’s staff administers the program. The IDOE reserves the right to adjust the dates for this announcement for whatever reasons are deemed appropriate.
The following steps will be taken in conducting the IELCE competition:
March 15, 2017: Department publishes Request for Proposals (RFP) aligned with the priorities in the approved State Unified Plan.
March 28, 2017: Department provides a bidder’s conference and technical assistance.
March/April 2017: Department establishes a review panel.
May 1, 2017: Due date for IELCE grant applications.
May 2017: Reviewers review and score IELCE grant applications.
June 10, 2017: Department announces IELCE grant applicants that will receive funding.
July 1, 2017: IELCE grant providers begin multi-year grant cycle, programming, and funding.