Adult Education & Literacy

Adult Literacy Services

Vermont’s adult education and literacy system (Learning Works) offers essential literacy and numeracy services at locations throughout the state. This includes skill acquisition in mathematics, reading and writing, essential workplace skills, English language acquisition for speakers of other languages (ESOL, and civics education for immigrants (EL/Civics). All Learning Works educational services are informed and guided by the Equipped for the future (EFF) Standards and the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) for Adult Education.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Learning Works Centers offer ESOL instruction through small group and one-on-one instruction, emphasizing a communicative approach to language acquisition. Learners are able to quickly acquire basic skills in English language to meet needs in workplace, family, and community life.


Civics education is designed to prepare immigrants for successful participation in community life, and satisfactory completion of citizenship requirements.

Foundational Skills

Adults seeking to acquire or improve their skills in math, reading and/or writing are able to access instructional services throughout the State at no cost. In recognition of the increasing demands of career and college readiness, this includes personalized approaches and technology enriched learning.

Essential Workplace Skills

The soft skills essential to success in any workplace can be acquired with assistance through the Learning Works system. Adult education providers also offer access to the Work Keys certificate, a nationally recognized work readiness certificate.

College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS)

The Agency of Education and the adult education and literacy providers have adopted the CCRS as the key academic content component of the adult education framework of standards. This subset of the Common Core State Standards, adopted by Vermont in 2010, focuses on the skills students need in mathematics and English language arts/literacy. Used in concert with the EFF standards listed below, these standards ensure a rigorous and holistic base for student learning and outcomes. Learn more about the CCRS.

Equipped for the Future (EFF) Standards

The Agency of Education and the adult education and literacy providers have adopted EFF as the primary framework for standards, student goal-setting, curriculum, instruction and assessment in the AEL system. The EFF framework aligns with Vermont's collective philosophy and vision for how education can support adult learners to function in their roles as workers, citizens and family members. The following resources are also available:


Tom Alderman at or (802) 479-1265

Page Last Updated on August 28, 2015