Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) programming combines four instructional elements: English language acquisition, civics, workforce preparation and workforce training. Visit the IELCE page in the ABE Instruction section of this website to learn more about this type of instruction.
While any ABE program can offer IELCE as part of their ABE programming, a portion of the federal ABE funds received by the state of Minnesota is designated specifically to support IELCE programming. These funds are administered by the Minnesota Department of Education ABE office, which issues a RFP (Request for Proposals) for IELCE projects and programs every two to three years. All ABE providers that serve the immigrant and refugee community are eligible to apply for IELCE funding. The next grant competition is scheduled to take place in 2022.
The following ABE programs have been awarded IELCE grants in the 2019 grant competition. These grants will begin in the 2019-2020 program year and will be renewable for two additional years (program years 20-21 and 21-22).
- Adult Options in Education, Hopkins
- Great Rivers Adult Education, South Washington County
- Hmong Cultural Center
- International Institute
- Mankato Adult Education
- Metro North ABE, Anoka-Hennepin
- Metro South ABE, Bloomington
- Minneapolis ABE
- Minnesota Literacy Council
- Neighborhood House
- Saint Paul ABE
- Southeast ABE, Owatonna
To see more detail about IELCE grantees and their proposed projects, open the Summary of IELCE grants for 2019-20.
The next RFP process for IELCE funds is scheduled to take place in the spring of 2022.