2014 Statewide Community Forums

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Read the report here:

Adult Education in Transition: Ideas and Opportunities from Texas Communities

Executive Summary

Over the summer of 2014, Houston Center for Literacy conducted a series of Adult Education and Literacy Community Forums across the state to give local literacy organizations and their supporters a chance to speak out on their public policy needs and priorities.

In the wake of the Texas Legislature's decision to transfer adult education to the Texas Workforce Commission and recent changes in how Texas administers its adult education program, there has not been a more important moment for adult education in Texas in decades.

We traveled all across the state, from El Paso to Texarkana, McAllen to Amarillo, bringing together regional leaders in adult education. All in all, the community forums grew to cover twelve cities in two months and reached more than 350 people across the state. 

With the support of the Houston Endowment, we launched the forum series with three goals in mind: to empower communities, to inform policy recommendations, and to build capacity for ongoing communication in the future. 

The good news is that, for the most part, we're on the same page regardless of where we live in Texas. The system is under-resourced. We want what's best for our adult learners. We see gaps and needs and we want to build a comprehensive system.

We would like to thank Texas Workforce Commission's Adult Education and Literacy Advisory Committee and our partners all across the state for their support on this project. We look forward to working together to continue building the adult education system that the state deserves.

Community Forum Locations and Dates:



August 12


August 13


July 17


July 9

El Paso

July 17

Ft. Worth


Houston- community-based organizations

August 7

Houston- main

July 16


August 14


September 10


July 22

San Antonio

August 4

San Marcos

September 9


Community Forum Related Resources:

Adult Education and Literacy Community Forum Presentation

List of Stakeholder Organizations Represented

Other Related Resources:

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts- Texas Workforce Report (July 2014)
Update to Texas Works, recommends increasing accessibility of adult education provider services.

Literacy Texas- Research and Reports

Texas Workforce Investment Council- Adult Education Research and Reports

Coverage of Community Forums:

October 14, 2014-  HCL Board Member, Ed Wolff, testifies before the state's Joint Interim Committee to Study Education for a Skilled Workforce
Skip forward to time stamp 03:20:10 to hear Ed Wolff. View the  full list of committee members and  witness list for October 14.

October 25, 2014- Houston Chronicle,  Purser, Wolff: Adult education resources not adequate to meet Texas' needs

October 30, 2014- Houston Chronicle,  Editorial Board: Growing pains, adult education is urgently needed to meet the needs of expanding job opportunities