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Submissions due November 25: $750,000 adult education challenge is advancing pre-apprenticeships

Dear Colleagues,

We’re following up with a reminder about the deadline for Rethink Adult Ed Challenge, a $750,000 competition to advance pre-apprenticeships. The Department invites AEFLA-funded adult education providers to design programs that better prepare learners for apprenticeships and beyond.

Preliminary program designs are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on November 25. A review panel will select up to 100 finalists to join Stage 2, which runs from February to July 2021. Finalists will have access to a range of digital resources — such as case studies, activities, and webinars with subject matter experts — to help them refine their designs and develop more detailed program proposals.

Help us share this opportunity with adult education providers

All AELFA-funded adult education providers are eligible to enter the challenge. We would appreciate you sharing this deadline reminder with all eligible providers in your state. See below for sample newsletter, web, and social media content.

Please note that local providers are required to have permission from your office to enter and may approach you for formal documentation. Entrants may use the state approval form on the challenge site or ask for other written verification that confirms their organization receives AELFA funding and has permission to participate in the challenge.

If you have any questions or would like to request additional sample communications, please reply to this email or contact hello@rethinkadulted.com.

Regards,

Travis

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Sample newsletter and web content

Enter by November 25: $750,000 challenge is advancing pre-apprenticeships

The U.S. Department of Education’s Rethink Adult Ed Challenge invites AEFLA-funded adult education providers to design innovative and high-quality pre-apprenticeship programs — in any industry, anywhere in the United States. 

Submit a preliminary design online by November 25

Adult education providers interested in entering the challenge should complete a Stage 1 submission by 11:59 p.m. ET on November 25. The online submission seeks a preliminary design for a pre-apprenticeship program, including a description of the target learners, the adult education activities the program may provide, and local and national industry needs. To learn more, adult education providers can replay the challenge information session and see answers to frequently asked questions.

Multistage challenge will offer virtual resources and expert support

Finalists selected to join Stage 2 will have access to virtual resources and support to help them refine their designs and develop program proposals. The grand-prize winner will be awarded $250,000, and up to five runners-up will each receive at least $100,000.

To receive future updates, subscribe to the challenge newsletter and follow Ed Prizes on Twitter.

Sample Tweets

Option 1

Submissions due November 25: The #RethinkAdultEd Challenge invites AEFLA-funded #adulteducation providers to help prepare learners for #apprenticeships and beyond. The challenge offers expert support, virtual resources, and $750,000 in cash prizes. https://www.rethinkadulted.com/?utm_source=state-directors-short&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=reminder

Option 2

AEFLA-funded adult education providers, help #adultlearners succeed in #apprenticeships and beyond. Submit a preliminary program design to the $750,000 #RethinkAdultEd Challenge by November 25. https://www.rethinkadulted.com/?utm_source=state-directors-short&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=reminder

 Sample Facebook and LinkedIn posts

Option 1

Submissions due November 25: the @U.S. Department of Education’s #RethinkAdultEd Challenge invites AEFLA-funded #adulteducation providers to help prepare learners for #apprenticeships and beyond. The multistage challenge offers expert support, virtual resources, and $750,000 in cash prizes. https://www.rethinkadulted.com/?utm_source=state-directors-long&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=reminder

Option 2

AEFLA-funded adult education providers, help #adultlearners succeed in #apprenticeships and beyond. The $750,000 #RethinkAdultEd Challenge invites providers to design innovative and high-quality pre-apprenticeship programs — in any industry, anywhere in the United States.

Up to 100 finalists will receive access to a range of digital resources — such as case studies, activities, and webinars with subject matter experts — to help them refine their program designs. Submit a preliminary program design by November 25.

https://www.rethinkadulted.com/?utm_source=state-directors-long&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=reminder