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March 2018 NAE Conference Cancelled

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Unfortunately, for reasons beyond our control, we have cancelled the conference we were planning for March 2018 in Las Vegas. That’s the bad news. The good news is that we are busy planning the 2019 MPAEA conference to be held in Las Vegas.

MPAEA 2017 Call for Presentations

Thursday, October 27th, 2016
Call for Presentations for MPAEA Conference hosted by UAACCE. April 11-13, 2017 at the downtown Radisson in Salt Lake City.

You are invited to submit proposal for presentation for the Mountain Plains Adults Education Association (MPAEA) Conference, hosted by Utah Association for Adult, Community, and Continuing Education (UAACCE). Join our colleagues from Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana. Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming in sharing your research, successful strategies, and contributions to successful student achievement.


Proposals for Presentations:


The MPAEA mission statement is to support and promote lifelong learning in the Mountain Plains Region (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, and beyond). In order to achieve its mission, the association:

-Promotes and provides professional development opportunities for adult educators

-Publishes and distributes relevant information about lifelong learning.

-Supports and strengthens member associations within the states of the region.(


The mission statement for UAACCE, as the primary advocate for lifelong learning in Utah, is to meet the diverse needs of all Utahns by providing and supporting quality educational opportunities. (


The Conference Committee invites presentation that share expertise and insights to further the shared objectives of our organizations.


We welcome proposals from faculty, researchers, program administrator, materials and curriculum developers, and other professional educators with interest in such areas as cognition, reading, writing, math, English as a Second Language, learning disabilities, assessment, learning/study/motivation strategies, counseling, corrections education, computer and online instructions, partnerships, legislative issues, pathways, and student transition to future work and study.


Each session will be 60 minutes, with concurrent sessions being offered.


Conference Theme: Everyone Counts: Keys to Education, Motivation, and Success

Date: April 11-13, 2017

Where: Downtown Radisson, 215 S. Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101


Conference Cost: $300, Early Bird Special of $250 (due by March 1, 2017)


Registration opens on November 11, 2016. Go to or


Deadline for Call for Presentations: November 30, 2016

Click Here for Online Call for Presentations Form


Contact: email:, or Karen at 435-750-3165

Adult Education and Family Literacy Week 2016

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

September 26 – October 1 2016

Check out #AEFLAWeek  at the COABE Website for Fact Sheets, Media Outreach Toolkit, and more.

Spotlight on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Unified State Plan Governance Team

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Silver State Spotlight - Office of the Govenor

Governor Sandoval has expressed a strategic vision of building a new Nevada characterized by a dynamic and diverse 21st century economy that is sustained by a skilled, talented, and equipped workforce. After the historic successes in education reform achieved during the 2015 legislative session, Governor Sandoval has identified workforce readiness as a next major step toward strengthening the state for generations to come. Recently, a dedicated team of hard-working professionals from a variety of state agencies and local workforce boards completed a critical task related to workforce development in Nevada when they finalized and submitted Nevada’s Unified State Plan for workforce development, as required by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Governor Sandoval is pleased to shine the spotlight on this team and recognize their outstanding performance in preparing the state’s plan for long-term workforce development.

Federal WIOA legislation, enacted in 2014, requires each state in the nation to develop a plan for aligning workforce development and support efforts in order to streamline programs and maximize efficiencies across multiple programs and state agencies. After more than a year of meetings and deliberations to prepare Nevada’s plan, a talented team submitted an exceptional document to Governor Sandoval for his approval and submission to the U.S. Secretary of Labor.

The WIOA Governance Workgroup, comprised of more than a dozen state employees representing core programs in the areas of health and human services, education, employment and training development, and vocational rehabilitation met regularly throughout the past year to develop and draft a statewide strategy for Nevada’s workforce development efforts for years to come.

The finished product submitted by the WIOA Governance Workgroup was nothing short of remarkable. The plan, more than 230 pages in length, describes the significant steps that state agencies and stakeholders will take to increase collaboration and partnerships, promote alignment of services, and maximize efficiencies that will result in more Nevadans having access to the employment training that they need to compete for 21st century job opportunities. The plan reflects the Governor’s vision of closing skills gaps and creating career pathways that will allow Nevada to continue to attract and retain dynamic new industries in sectors such as advanced manufacturing, autonomous vehicle systems, and health care delivery that will help to strengthen, diversify, and fortify the state’s economy well into the future.

Not only did the WIOA Governance Workgroup compile a truly impressive and comprehensive plan, but the team was able to do so well before the federal deadline, submitting Nevada’s Unified Plan more than a month before it was due to the U.S. Department of Labor. The workgroup was led by Administrator Steve Fisher of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and Deputy Director Dennis Perea of the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR). The team was also comprised of representatives from the Nevada Department of Education, local workforce boards, the Governor’s staff, and other state agencies and programs with oversight over workforce development and support functions. Each core agency was responsible for making revisions and suggestions for the plan, which was drafted by DETR’s Kris Nelson and Mae Worthy, who completed multiple drafts of the plan and whose efforts were critical to submitting a comprehensive document before the deadline.

“The performance by the WIOA Governance Workgroup team was simply outstanding, and the team is currently engaged in the modification period of the State Plan, and ensuring that it complies with federal guidelines as they continue to be issued from the U.S. Department of Labor. Nevada’s Unified State Plan represents a monumental step forward in the state’s efforts to meet the needs of employers, reintegrate displaced workers, and provide the skills and training to prospective employees who will need to compete for 21st century job opportunities,” said Nevada’s Chief Strategy Officer Dale Erquiaga, who advises the Governor on workforce development and education initiatives.

Governor Sandoval is extremely proud of the exceptional work performed by the WIOA Governance Workgroup team, and extends his appreciation to each of the team members and their agencies for their efforts to help develop the new Nevada workforce.



Steve Fisher, Div. of Welfare and Supportive Services, DHHS

Sandra Chamberlin, Div. of Welfare and Supportive Services, DHHS

Dennis Perea, DETR

Kris Nelson, DETR

Renee Olson, DETR

Coralie Peterson, DETR

Grant Nielson, DETR

Mae Worthey, DETR

Shelley Hendren, Rehabilitation Division, DETR

John Thurman, Nevadaworks

Ardell Galbreth, Workforce Connections

Jaime Cruz, Workforce Connections

Mike Raponi, Nevada Department of Education

Ken Zutter, Nevada Department of Education

Brad Deeds, Nevada Department of Education

Dr. Robert Henry Receives MPAEA Award of Merit

Friday, April 17th, 2015

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Mountain Plains Adult Education Association has awarded the 2015 MPAEA Award of Merit to Dr. Robert (Bob) Henry. Dr. Henry is the Director of Adult Education for the Clark County School District and President of Nevada Adult Educators. The award is to honor one individual who has made an outstanding contribution towards furthering the concept of adult education as a process continuing throughout life.  This award is the highest award given by MPAEA.  Only one recipient is selected each year.  Nevada Adult Educators is led by an extremely professional and respected adult educator.  NAE is so fortunate to have his leadership and wisdom.  Big congratulations to Dr. Henry!

Save the Date – UAACCE Conference – October 23 and 24

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Save the date UAACCE Conference 2014

The Utah Association for Adult, Community, and Continuing Education will be holding their 2014 conference on October 23 and 24 at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah.

Please contact for more information.

Corrections Programs Celebrate Adult Ed Success with Graduation Ceremonies

Friday, September 12th, 2014

During academic year 2014, a record-breaking 1,488 High School Equivalency (HSE) certificates, High School Diplomas (HSD), Associate of Arts (AA) degrees, Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees, and/or industry recognized vocational certificates were awarded to Nevada Department of Corrections inmates from school districts including: Carson City School District, Clark County School District (CCSD), Elko County School District (ECSD), Humboldt County School District (HCSD), Lincoln County School District (LCSD), Nye County School District (NCSD), Pershing County School District (PCSD) and White Pine County School District (WPCSD) and colleges including: Western Nevada College, College of Southern Nevada and Adams State College.

Read all about it the attached newsletter.

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Governor Sandoval Recognizes Nevada Adult Education

Monday, June 16th, 2014



Spotlight on Nevada’s Department of Education

Each week, Governor Sandoval recognizes exceptional achievements, successful programs and initiatives, and a standard of excellence in the work that is being done every day in State government in Nevada. In the spotlight this week is the Nevada Department of Education’s ongoing effort to provide critical high school equivalency and alternative education opportunities that help to reduce unemployment and enhance Nevada’s workforce.

Beginning this year, the State of Nevada became the first in the nation to provide multiple options for High School Equivalency (HSE) assessments. These educational assessments are the basis for awarding thousands of Nevadans a state-issued High School Equivalency Certificate, which affords them a higher likelihood of securing employment. The assessments allow test-takers to demonstrate proficiency in the academic skills that are necessary not only for success on the job, but in postsecondary studies as well. There are nearly 300,000 adults in Nevada who currently lack a high school diploma or an equivalent. By offering multiple methods for obtaining a HSE Certificate, the Department of Education is expanding the pathway to professional success for thousands of Nevadans whose employment opportunities would otherwise be limited.

Nevada’s expanded HSE offerings were recently showcased during the Inaugural Nevada Correctional Education Consortium (NCEC) graduation ceremony last month. The ceremony was the first of the 2014 academic year and was also the first ever to take place at the Carlin Conservation Camp in Elko County. During the ceremony, inmates received HSE Certificates after having completed programs that increased their career readiness skills and technical proficiencies. Studies show that inmates who complete these types of programs are less likely to recidivate than those who do not participate in educational programs, and every dollar spent on basic adult education within the criminal justice system yields a six dollar return on the investment.

The Governor is proud to recognize the success of the Nevada Department of Education’s innovative expansion of high school equivalency opportunities and to shine the spotlight on the dedicated efforts of the Nevada Correctional Education Consortium in helping to make employment and professional success a reality for many Nevadans across the Silver State.