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Adult Basic Education – Programs and MDE Staff – FY 2005

GED - General Educational Development diploma.  National high school equivalency program that includes a set of 5 tests: Math, Reading, Writing, Social Studies, and Science.

MDE-ABE staff: Pat Rupp (GED Administrator)  651 582-8437 and Alice Smith (records)  651 582-8445
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Adult Diploma - Programs for eligible adults leading to a high school diploma from a sponsoring Minnesota school district. 

MDE-ABE staff: Pat Rupp  651 582-8445
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ESL - English as a Second Language.  For learners whose native language is not English.  Includes DHS funded Refugee ESL programming.

MDE-ABE staff: Diane Pecoraro 651 582-8424 (Diane also assists with Workforce Preparation)
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Basic Skills Enhancement - For learners who need goal-specific elementary or secondary level basic skills such as work-related math, functional literacy (e.g.- banking skills), reading or writing assistance.  Generally considered "brush-up" and not leading to a diploma or GED.  

MDE-ABE staff: Barry Shaffer (651) 582-8442
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Family Literacy - Program for adults and their children.  Features instruction for adults in literacy, instruction in parenting, and educational/developmental services for kids.  

MDE-ABE staff: Dianne Dayton 651 582-8336
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Workforce Preparation - Literacy skills related to learners' need to obtain, retain or improve their employment. “Workforce Education” provides basic academic and literacy skills to learners who are already employed by a specific business, industry, or company - typically provided at the learners’ place of employment.  “Employment Readiness” programs include general employability skills (e.g. - résumé development, interview skills, career awareness, job seeking skills, etc.) and instruction in soft skills that are essential in the workplace. 

MDE-ABE staff: Dianne Dayton 651 582-8336
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Citizenship / Civics Education - Programs which prepare Minnesota non-citizens for the U.S. citizenship exam given by the INS.  Includes application preparation and English language instruction.  Also includes programs providing instruction related to general civics/government content and participation in our democratic society. 

MDE-ABE staff: Diane Pecoraro 651 582-8424
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ABE PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT   

- General ABE Administration, Management, Consortia Operations:   Barry Shaffer  651 582-8442
- Accountability, Policy Interpretation, Compliance Review, NRS:  Anne Marie Leland  651 582-8479
- Testing, Assessment, Evaluation, NRS:   Todd Wagner  651 582-8466
- Coordination with State Welfare, Human Services, Employment: Diane Pecoraro 651 582-8424
- Program Funding, Grants, Consortia Applications Laurie Rheault  651 582-8432
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MASTER LIST OF MDE-ABE STAFF

Dianne Dayton 
Anne Marie Leland
Diane Pecoraro
Laurie Rheault
Pat Rupp
Barry Shaffer
Alice Smith
Todd Wagner
Cherie Eichinger

FAX  
(651) 582-8336
(651) 582-8479
(651) 582-8424
(651) 582-8432
(651) 582-8437
(651) 582-8442
(651) 582-8445
(651) 582-8466
(651) 582-8378

(651) 634-5154
dianne.dayton@state.mn.us
anne.leland@state.mn.us
diane.pecoraro@state.mn.us
laurie.rheault@state.mn.us
pat.rupp@state.mn.us
barry.shaffer@state.mn.us    
alice.smith@state.mn.us
todd.wagner@state.mn.us
cherie.Eichinger@state.mnn.us
 

 

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