As the lead agency, Region 6 Adult Education Department oversees and provides support to the 14 providers of the Gulf Coast Workforce Board/Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC) offering the following services:
ADULT BASIC EDUCATION CLASSES
Education for adults in reading, writing, and math skills, from the most basic level of students with limited or no formal schooling to the pre-high school level.
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)
These classes are designed to assist individuals who seek to become proficient with the English language or to receive their English or Spanish High School Equivalency Certificate.
ADULT SECONDARY EDUCATION CLASSES
Education for adults at the secondary or high school level, often but not always in preparation for the Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency Testing (TxCHSE) test. Many of these programs also offer preparation for successful transitions to postsecondary education, and of the General Education Development (GED©) certificate.
The Career Pathways Professional Development Center (CPPDC) is the premier resource for Texas AEL Grantees and stakeholders on AEL Career Pathway Models. The CPPDC focuses on providing innovative professional development events and resources state-wide that enhance professional learning, curriculum development, and enhance student performance for the following Career Pathway models:
- Integrated Education and Training (IET) - Integrated EL Civics (IET for English Language Learners)
- Intensive Services - Transition to Postsecondary Education
- The Center uses evidence-based research to support system alignment and increase employment and postsecondary outcomes for AEL Grantees and providers. The Center will support system integration through collaboration with Workforce Boards, Institutions of Higher Education, and Career and Technical educational providers through development of an annual Academy for AEL Grantees and stakeholder groups.
Adult education participants have the option to receive instruction outside of the physical classroom. As a distant learner, participants can utilize a variety of media, including web-based programs, print, audio recordings, videos, broadcasts, computer software, and other online technology. Instructors support distance participants using methods including, but not limited to, communication via mail, phone, email, and online software, and through face-to-face instruction.
Region 6 Adult Education Department ensures that all staff and directors within the consortium, and Region 6 staff meet the required yearly trainings to remain in compliance.
EL CIVICS INSTRUCTION
Civics education refers to an educational program that emphasizes contextualized instruction on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, naturalization procedures, civic participation, and U.S. history and government to help students acquire the skills and knowledge to become active and informed parents, workers, and community members. This is a federally funded program that provides English language and civics instruction to adult education students.