The mission of the Department of Workforce Development (DWD), Division of Adult Education is to ensure delivery of foundational skills development, career pathways, and academic and career counseling services to adults and out-of-school youth for the purposes of employment, reemployment, or enhanced employment.

To aid in Implementation of this mission, this website provides guidance on general programmatic operations and requirements for program directors and adult educators.

Program Policy & Guidance

The federal Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA, Title II of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998) establishes the framework for state-administered adult education programs. In Indiana, adult education is administered by the Department of Workforce Development (DWD). DWD became the effective eligible agency for adult education on April 1, 2011 (Public Law 7-2011).

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Listing of individual grants available for download.

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DWD recognizes that a High School Equivalency certificate alone is not adequate for students to attain a self-sustaining wage. A High School Equivalency certificate plus an occupational industry-recognized certification is paramount in attaining and maintaining employment in a growing industry. WorkINdiana offers pre-post-secondary credentials to students who are working towards or who recently attained their High School Equivalency.

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Adult educators play a critical role in the successful implementation of DWD’s vision for adult education. They deliver foundational skills development to adults and out-of-school youth for the purposes of employment, reemployment, or enhanced employment. See the Teacher’s Manual for more information on DWD’s vision, guidance on instructional delivery, and program components.

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All providers that receive state and federal funds from the DWD must collect, report, and submit required National Reporting System (NRS) and state data electronically using the software Adult Education (AE) InTERS. All providers should have AE InTERS installed on an on-site computer. Teachers may also access it online here. Note that the site does require a user name and password. These are assigned by the local administrator through AE InTERS.

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High School Equivalency

The High School Equivalency Tests provide adults who did not complete a formal high school program the opportunity to certify their attainment of high school level academic knowledge and skills. Over 17 million people have earned a High School Equivalency credential since 1943.

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